You don't say!
These findings, presented at this week's International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, would normally be fodder for my ongoing No @#&!, Sherlock feature -- but they're so shockingly self-evident that I want to give them a post all their own.
Led by epidemiologist Beletshachew Shiferaw of Oregon's Department of Human Services, researchers pored over dietary data generated by more than 14,000 adult American respondents to a Foodborne Disease Active Surveillance Network survey. The results:
Men eat much more meat, especially veal and ham. Women eat more fruits and vegetables. Men are more likely to eat frozen rather than fresh hamburgers. Women eat more alfalfa sprouts. Men eat more runny eggs and raw oysters.
I don't mean to poke fun in a mean-spirited way -- after all, common sense isn't scientific, and data's specificity will probably help public health officials refine their dietary advice strategies. (My recommendation: billboards featuring babes in bikinis washing cars while eating blueberries.) But that being said -- No @#&!, Sherlock!
The difference in eating habits between men and women [press release]
Image: Marshall Astor