They say the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but if he can’t handle gluten, then his heart must also abide.
If you’ve been looking for love in all the wrong (wheat-filled) places, set up an account at GlutenFreeSingles.com, “a dating, networking, and informative website where you never have to feel alone, awkward, or a burden because you are gluten-free.”
GlutenFreeSingles.com is just one of many dating sites popping up on the internet that cater to the 15 million Americans with food allergies. The market for diet-specific dating sites is big, especially since one-third of U.S. marriages begin with online dating, according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences.
Dating Can Be Tough with Food Allergies
As if dating itself isn’t hard enough, trying to meet the future Mr. or Mrs. Right is a formidable challenge for someone with food allergies.
If you have more than one food allergy, there’s SinglesWithFoodAllergies.com, which has been called “OkCupid for those who carry an EpiPen.” There you can tailor your search for people with specific allergens, from eggs to shellfish.
Marla Pachter has more food allergies than she can count, and the last meal eaten by a potential boy-toy could “shut me down for the day, either lying by the toilet or in a Benadryl coma.” So when she’s courting someone, she has to make a strange request.
“If they have eaten something I’m indeed allergic to, which is likely, I now have to ask the poor guy to brush his teeth. AND THEN, I get to be the weirdo who has to-go toothbrushes in her purse, just in case she decides to make out with someone that night,” Pachter wrote for the non-food specific dating site HowAboutWe.com.
The Diet Dating Run-Down
Say you’re really into the Paleo diet and want to find someone to share your nuts and berries with. You could go to a regular dating site like OkCupid and search for Paleo. The people are there, but you’re better off going to a place like SamePlate.com.
On SamePlate, you can search for people with not only similar tastes in food but for those food allergies, dietary restrictions, and specific diets ranging from South Beach to diabetic. Diabetics can also try their hand at love over at DiabeticDate.com.
There’s VeggieDate.org for those who choose to avoid meat, for health or philosophical reasons.
If you’re going one step further and living the vegan life, there’s VeganDatingService.com, a site for people who choose not to eat anything with eyeballs. If that doesn’t work, try VeganPassions.com, one of many in a network of dating sites that helps people introduce themselves based on their obsessions.
No matter what your dietary restrictions, interests, or passions, there’s a dating site filled with plenty of potential matches waiting for you.