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These Are the Most Embarrassing Food Habits in America, Survey Finds

These dining faux pas are sure to make anyone blush, according to a new survey.
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Whether you consistently reach for the wrong fork at formal dinners or find yourself mispronouncing the name of a particular food over and over again, we're all guilty of engaging in a few cringe-worthy habits at the dinner table from time to time.

However, for some people, it's not just having those poor table manners pointed out that can cause them to break out in a full-body blush—it's what they're eating that can be the source of some serious embarrassment, especially if they're indulging their particular food vices around others.

In a new survey combining data from Instacart sales trends and responses to The Harris Poll questions from over 2,000 Americans, Instacart has come up with a definitive list of the most embarrassing food habits in America—and yes, unsurprisingly, mayonnaise plays a major role.

If you want to avoid a faux pas at your next meal, read on to discover which food habits Americans say they're too embarrassed to engage in around others. And for some foods you'd be wise to add to your meal plan, check out The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

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Putting ranch dressing on pizza

pepperoni and chicken pizza in a disposable pizza pan, with one half with ranch dressing on it
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Respondents who said they'd feel self-conscious doing it in front of others: 23%

Want to make your next vegetable dish healthier? Check out these 10 Healthy Salad Dressing Brands to Buy (and 10 to Avoid).

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Putting ketchup on eggs

omelet with ketchup on it
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Respondents who said they'd feel self-conscious doing it in front of others: 24%

3

Making fruit salad with mayonnaise

fruit salad made with mayonnaise or yogurt in a black bowl
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Respondents who said they'd feel self-conscious doing it in front of others: 30%

If you want to make your next fruit salad a whole lot healthier, make sure to include The #1 Best Fruit To Eat, According to a Dietitian.

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Dipping fries in mayonnaise

two french fries dipped into a white ramekin of mayonnaise with a container of fries in the background
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Respondents who said they'd feel self-conscious doing it in front of others: 34%

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Putting ketchup on macaroni and cheese

white bowl of macaroni and cheese with a ketchup heart in it
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Respondents who said they'd feel self-conscious doing it in front of others: 48%

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Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more
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