Women live longer than men. It’s true. On average, American women’s life expectancy exceeds that of their male counterparts by five years. And across the world, 67% of people over the age of 85 are women. There are anthropological reasons for this (men are more likely to have dangerous jobs like fighting fires, or have dangerous hobbies like owning a motor bike) and biological reasons (in the animal kingdom, larger mammals generally have shorter life spans). But one compelling reason for the discrepancy is a gendered “nutrient gap.”
For the last 20 years, numerous studies have exhibited that women eat a healthier diet than men. In one Massachusetts survey, women were 50% more likely than men to eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. The CDC reached a similar conclusion after analyzing data from something called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 2017. And the American Society for Microbiology has exhibited that men are more likely to report eating meat and poultry items while women are more likely to report eating fruits and vegetables.