It turns out, if asked nicely by a vegetarian partner, nearly 43% meat-eaters would be prepared to try going at least semi-vegetarian.
This includes 25% who would try and avoid meat in front of their partner and 18% who would give it up entirely.
But for committed vegans, the choice to ditch anything that cause harm to animals, the environment and your health is an easy one to make.
Still, that doesn’t make living in a meat-and-dairy-obsessed world any easier.
However, just because a date has differing views on what they will or will not eat doesn’t mean that you aren’t a match!
As long as there is mutual respect and understanding, there is no reason diet should get in the way of love. Part of the fun of dating someone who shares your own veggie lifestyle is experiencing new culinary adventures together.
In the decade following 2006, veganism has gradually become a more mainstream lifestyle choice, prompting a 360 per cent rise in those giving it a go in the UK.
But while the number of people dabbling in a plant-based existence has crawled upwards, the figures of those sticking to it aren’t quite so positive.
It's World Vegetarian Day on the 1st of October (and, in fact, the vegetarian festivities usually continue throughout the whole month).
There is no point in sharing a meal with someone if you can’t stand them, or have nothing in common! If there is something you want to understand about your date’s veggie lifestyle, or are interested to try it yourself, speak up!
The thought of totally ridding our diets of animal products, from creamy Brie to steak and milk chocolate, is enough to make some of us want to lie down in a dark room.
I’m not talking the superficial, “I need him to be 6’3” stuff; I’m talking the substantive qualities that by experience you have found that you NEED in a partner to complement and inspire you, and the cruddy, undesirable qualities you don’t want making your life all toxic.
I can’t define these for you, but there are some exercises that can help you move toward clarity: For some folks, veganism is a dietary preference, and they don’t mind if their partner is a meat-loving BBQ pit-master, or they don’t expect others to follow suit.