Friday, April 28, 2006
7 News Features: Eat Your Heart Out
We all have friends who try to diet before going on a big date. But if you really want to meet mr. Right, you may want to eat your heart out. In tonight's special assignment report, a new study shows compatibility can be determined by your choice of foods.
WSVN--Tired of the dating game?
Given up on love at first sight?
It may be time to tune into your tastebuds and try love at first bite.
Dr. Alan Hirsch: "Our taste in food is like everything else, it really truly reflects who we are."
Dr. Alan Hirsch is the author of what's your food sign.
After testing more than eighteen thousand people, he believes food can determine a couple's compatibility... Or at least help you pick out a possible mate.
So, we asked him to size-up some lovebirds.
Couple number one: Brandon and Rotem.
Their relationship is cooking.
Brandon: "We've been together about a year and two weeks."
Rotem: "I think he could be the one."
Couple number two: Victor and Leydi.
After dating just four months, they recently turned up the heat by getting engaged.
Victor: "She's the love of my life."
Leydi: "I feel like I know so much about him already."
"I like a man who can bring home the bacon."
These two couples think they're compatible, but are they really?
We gave them a list of food choices and asked them to pick their favorites.
What they pick should predict if they're meant to be.
Broiled pork chops or southern barbecue...
Victor: "Pork chops."
Leydi: "Southern BBQ."
Rotem: "Southern BBQ."
Brandon: "Southern BBQ."
Vegetable soup or minestrone...
Leydi: "I like vegetable soup"
Victor: "I would say minestrone."
Rotem: "Minestrone soup."
Cheese omelette or scrambled eggs with peppers and onion...
Leydi: "Scrambled eggs with peppers and onions."
Victor: "Scrambled eggs with peppers and onions."
Rotem: "Cheese omelet."
Brandon: "Cheese omelet."
And broiled lamb chops or chili...
Leydi: "I like chili."
Brandon: "Chili, especially if it's my chili."
Dr. Hirsh believes your prefernce in food reveals a lot about your personality.
A severe sweet tooth means you live for the moment.
People who prefer sour tastes are loyal and will stay together.
Spicy food fanatics are thrill seekers who try to end a relationship quickly.
And salt lovers are introverts who want to avoid a confrontation.
But while it may be nice to pick off of each other's plate, some dietitians vow it won't make or break a relationship.
Ronni Litz Julien: "I think the bigger picture, it's probably the social part of your relationship that you like to eat the same kinds of things or you may like different flavors of ice cream, but does that make you more or less compatible with each other probably not."
As for our sweethearts, it's either culinary catastrophe or combo connection.
Couple number one...
Dr. Alan Hirsch: "Both of their patterns suggest individuals who are very loyal, and true friends people who'd be very suitable to be in relationships together that would be a match made in heaven."
Rotem: "Hopefully we'll keep it trucking along, marriage kids, possibly working together."
And couple number two...
Dr. Hirsch: "He's the life of the party, craves novelty, enjoys being the center of attention. Leydi is more of a pessimistic individual who's more critical and somewhat harder to please. Their profiles don't necessarily suggest compatibility but it's not impossible."
But only the future will tell if they can satisfy every craving.
In case you were wondering, Dr. Hirsch found the one flavor impossible to determine is chocolate because it's so popular.