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From washing utensils to 'unhealthy' meals- Couples top 20 dinner disputes

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The role of chef, the amount of mess - and the amount of hot spices added to meals are among the most common dinner disputes, according to a study.

Researchers also discovered things can get heated amid bust-ups over someone's attempt to interfere in their other half's culinary creation - and even what is for dinner.

A study of 2,000 men and women in relationships revealed the top 20 disagreements couples have on a daily basis including who should have to wash up and whether the meal is 'unhealthy'.

Lack of inspiration and variety when it comes to what to eat for dinner are at the heart of many dinner time disagreements with many couples complaining they eat the same meals time after time, and the dishes are always boring.

It also emerged the average couple will talk about what to eat for the evening meal for at least 10 minutes every day – or the equivalent of 61 hours across the average year.

Andre Dupin, a head chef, said: “Food is central to most people’s lives – we think, talk and disagree about food all day every day.

“For many people, the evening meal is the prime time to catch up with their partner after a long day.

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“Finding something tasty to eat that you will both like and is easy to cook is a way to avoid daily disagreements about food.”

Other arguments which regularly blow up in kitchens up and down the country are what time to eat, wasting food by not eating it all and whether or not someone is a good or bad cook.

It also emerged the average couple will talk about what to eat for the evening meal for at least 10 minutes every day – or the equivalent of 61 hours across the average year.

More than half would love to have more variety in their evening meals – but of these, four in 10 said their partner didn’t like change or eat anything adventurous.

A quarter said new ingredients are too expensive, while 24 per cent are too tired at the end of a busy day to start experimenting with new recipes.

Fifteen per cent haven’t the energy to start researching new recipes, and when they do they’re not bothered finding all the necessary ingredients to make the dish.

Andre Dupin added: “Often the lack of variety at dinner time is simply down to a lack of time, and energy and inspiration.

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"There's really no need to fall out with the one you love over boring dinners - there are ways of mixing up mealtimes, such as having fresh ingredients delivered or trying out different recipes, which will solve those daily dinner time debates.

"This means less time arguing, and more time with a loved one over a meal you'll both enjoy."

Couple's top arguments over food

  1. What you're going to have for the meal
  2. What time to eat
  3. The cook making too much mess / not tidying as they go along
  4. Whether someone is interfering in the cooking
  5. Whether you should have a takeaway
  6. Whether a meal should include an item the other person doesn't like, such as mushrooms
  7. Who should wash up
  8. How spicy a meal should be
  9. Who should cook
  10. Who lets foods go off before using them
  11. If your meals are too unhealthy
  12. Who eats all the snacks in the cupboard without replacing them
  13. The quality of washing up
  14. Who never finishes their meal, wasting valuable food
  15. Why there's so much of a certain ingredient hoarded in the cupboard, yet more is being bought
  16. The fact the meal is the same as every other week
  17. The fact the food is boring
  18. Whether you should 'meal plan' for the week ahead
  19. Who buys the most junk food
  20. Who should shop for the food
  21. If your meals are too healthy
  22. Whether or not there is enough sauce
  23. Milk going off before being used
  24. If someone is a good or bad cook
  25. Someone stepping in late on to steal the glory

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