These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Whatever health benefits may come from not eating meat, milk, fish or eggs, veganism is still a minority pursuit, which means that vegans looking for vegan dates sometimes have a hard time.
Publisher Alex Bourke is a strict vegan. He does not eat any animal products. His last two girlfriends were vegans. Currently, he is single.
He is looking for vegan love. It is just so much easier when I can eat their food and they can eat mine," says Bourke. But it is not just convenience that drives him to seek someone with a similar diet.
It is also a question of ethics. For Bourke, eating meat is morally wrong. If I kiss someone I just do not want the hassle of wondering what's stuck between her teeth Alex Bourke, Vegan "I do not want any part of the cruelty involved, not just in factory farming, but in any kind of animal farming. The British Vegan Society estimates that there are only some , vegans in the UK, out of 65 million people - that is about 1 in Muscle munchers Researchers studying the metaphors American and British consumers use when talking about food say meat is consistently rated more "masculine" than vegetables "To the strong, traditional, macho, bicep-flexing, All-American male, red meat is a strong, traditional, macho, bicep-flexing, All-American food.
To eat it, they would have to give up a food they saw as strong and powerful like themselves for a food they saw as weak and wimpy," they write in the Journal of Consumer Research Robb Masters of the London Vegan Meetup group responds that it takes courage to act on your beliefs, rather than going with the flow "These days Mike Tyson is vegan," he says, "is that masculine enough?
The Vegetarian Resource Group estimates that there are some two million, out of a total population of million - roughly one in Like Bourke, Robb Masters, another Londoner, also finds it hard to imagine dating a non-vegan.
In 16 years of veganism the diet has become part of his identity, he says. He reckons there are 20, vegans in London. You are unlikely to meet a vegan by chance. According to Masters, the numbers ought to favour heterosexual men, as vegan women outnumber them by about three to one. But in practice it doesn't work out like that, he says.
Vegan women, it seems, are more willing to tolerate a non-vegan partner.