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Why do foodies fib over flavours?

Why do foodies fib over flavours?


More than one in 10 of us (14%) have eaten food we secretly can’t stand – let alone hardly swallow – in a bid to appear more ‘cultured’.

It seems millions exaggerate their knowledge of food and taste familiarity to impress their friends, family and colleagues while a further 29% of us will go as far as making out that we are ‘foodies’ – suggesting we regularly dine on oysters, quinoa and sushi – when in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth as new research has revealed.

Despite the penchant for a bit of ‘spin’ from time to time to boost our social status, the study, carried out among more than 1,500 people across the UK in an online poll commissioned by MSC Cruises UK (, found most Brits do get their fair share of food culture.

According to the research, the average Brit will enjoy a fine dining experience on nine occasions in a year, with 16 to 29-year-olds more likely to have 11 fine dining experiences in a year compared to just six culinary experiences among the 45+ age group during the same period.

Findings from the online poll also revealed 21% have even fibbed about where they have been in the world –- with New Zealand, New York, Australia and Rome emerging as popular places people wish they had visited, but haven’t. A further 35% claim they would consider a cruise to a destination such as the Mediterranean or Caribbean in a bid to appear more cultured.

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