NEW YORK – When it comes to food, Americans’ love affair with their favorite snacks is truly unmatched. A survey of 2,000 American adults reveals that more than half love food so much they would marry their favorite food if it were a person. Meanwhile, only one in three describe their actual love life as “tangy” and “juicy”, and one in four describe theirs as “bitter” and “bland”!
When presented with the statement “I would do anything to enjoy my favorite foods,” 54% of Americans agreed. Some would willingly submit to their worst fears like public speaking (27%), thunder and lightning (26%), heights (25%) and spiders Where insects (25%) if it was free and unlimited access to their favorite food.
Driven by OnePoll on behalf of TUMS, the survey also revealed that more than half of Americans would be willing to give up valuable parts of their lifestyle if it meant free and unlimited access to their favorite food. This includes sacrificing vacation days or social media, while some would attempt wild stunts, such as skydiving (29%) or running with the bulls (27%).
What foods are people in love with?
Overall, more than half of respondents (52%) say they love food more than anything. The top foods that hold a special place in people’s hearts are pizza (59%), cheese (55%), fried chicken (55%) and pasta (55%). Americans’ love of food knows no bounds, and many go above and beyond to savor their favorite dishes.
One in three people admit to stealing food that wasn’t theirs from the office fridge because it looked too delicious to pass up. Interestingly, women are the most likely offenders (34%). Even more, one in five people have decided to choose a food they like from the trash.
Although 47% agree that heartburn prevents them from enjoying certain foods, nearly two in three (63%) agree that the worst heartburn of their life makes eating their favorite foods worth it. This rings especially true among 70% of Millennials (26-41) and Gen Z (18-25) respondents.
“Many of America’s most beloved foods, such as pizza, fried chicken, meatballs and spaghetti, can unfortunately cause heartburn,” TUMS brand manager Amy Sharon said in a statement. “But with a trusty meal companion that provides fast relief, heartburn sufferers can dive in and love their favorite foods back.”
On average, respondents would pay up to $437 to enjoy unlimited amounts of their favorite food for a month. They would also travel an average of 254 miles to eat it. Additionally, 62% said they also enjoy trying new and varied cuisines.