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Your takeout preferences may be determined by your gender.

When that late-night hunger hits, how do you decide between French fries and pizza, or sushi and yogurt?

By being a guy or a girl, according to food ordering site GrubHub.

They analyzed their own database of food orders from the past year, including from over 30,000 restaurants in 700 U.S. cities. What they came up with was an interesting gender breakdown showing who orders what more often. Check out the biggest differences between men and women who order takeout…

Foods ordered more commonly by women than men:

  1. Seaweed Salad – 63 percent more
  2. Edamame – 60 percent more
  3. Avocado Rolls – 57 percent more
  4. House Salad – 53 percent more
  5. Shrimp Tempura Roll – 51 percent more

Foods ordered more commonly by men than women: 

  1. 2-Liter Soda – 54 percent more
  2. Boneless Wings – 54 percent more
  3. Chicken Parmesan – 53 percent more
  4. General Tso’s Chicken – 51 percent more
  5. Bacon Cheeseburger – 45 percent more

The study also broke down gendered orders in ethnic food, including Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, and Thai food.

But throughout different cultural cuisines, women remained more likely to choose lower-calorie beverages and sides — bubble tea, Greek salad, iced coffee, and soup — whereas men chose items like ribs, buffalo chicken pizza, steak burritos, and dumplings. Women were more adventurous than men, too. They picked Asian dishes about 21 percent more often than men, who overall preferred American food.

The study also broke down what “fad foods” were most popular between men and women, showing women were more concerned with health trends..

Food fads more popular with women:

  1. Chia Seeds – 74 percent more
  2. Pressed Juice – 74 percent more
  3. Cupcakes –  73 percent more
  4. Frozen Yogurt –  65 percent more
  5. Beets – 63 percent more

Food fads more popular with men:

  1. Bacon – 35 percent more
  2. Poutine – 30 percent more
  3. Sriracha – 17 percent more
  4. Biscuit – 13 percent more
  5. Fried Chicken – 7 percent more

The report also found that time of day makes a difference. Men, at 55 percent, were more likely to put in a late-night order, where women (30 percent) were more likely to order food at the office. Men also ordered food more often overall.

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