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    Survey Says Lunch is Most Popular Dining Out Occasion

    LivingSocial research looks at Americans’ dining out behavior.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- LivingSocial, the daily coupon web site, has released results from its first "Dining Out" survey of consumer behavior.

    According to the research, conducted among among 4,000 Americans by Mandala Research, the average American eats 4.8 meals per week in restaurants or 249 total restaurant meals per year -- including both dining in and carry-out. In addition, the most popular restaurant meal is lunch, with 2.6 lunch occasions on average each week (both carry-out and dining in).

    Nearly half of respondents (45 percent) described themselves as "meat lovers," 22 percent as having a "sweet tooth," and 19 percent as "fast-food junkies." By comparison, just 18 percent described themselves as "health nuts" and 5 percent as "vegetarians or vegans."

    As for the type of food they prefer, respondents to the survey said they frequently eat Italian (65 percent), Mexican (62 percent), Chinese (59 percent) and Pizza (58 percent) more than 22 other types of cuisine included on the survey.

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