07/05/2012 04:16 pm ET

Food And Sex: Survey Reveals How Singles Feel About Dating And Dining

“As life’s pleasures go, food is second only to sex,” actor and comedian Alan King wrote in his memoir, “Is Salami and Eggs Better Than Sex?" But according to a new survey, for many women -- 39 percent to be exact -- food actually trumps sex.

The online survey, which examined how singles feel about food and its relationship to dating, was conducted by TODAY.com and Match.com. Four thousand singles participated, answering questions about their dating habits, turn-ons and turn-offs. One question asked participants whether -- if forced to choose -- they would rather give up sex for a year or give up their favorite food. Thirty-nine percent of women chose food over sex; only 16 percent of men answered the same.

The results revealed some other preferences singles bring to the dating game, especially when food and alcohol come into play. Looks like vegetarians especially may need to work on their game.

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