It’s Monday night and I’ve rushed home from my night class and planted my butt on the sofa just as 8 pm rolls around so I can watch beautiful golden boy Ben Higgins fall in love.

I get angry at Olivia for saying crazy things, I whimper an appreciative awwwww when Ben plays with Amanda’s kids, and I relish in envy when I see all the cute dates these girls get to go on. I mean, helicopter rides, empty baseball stadiums, private concerts, and gorgeous food — these girls are lucky. But wait, there’s something odd about that last one.

Every time a romantic one-on-one dinner is involved, Ben and the lucky lady canoodle over delicious looking food and talk about their lives, or cry, or make out (a lot), or all of the above. And then, after all of this, they get up and leave.

But wait, no, that can’t be right — their plates haven’t been touched. Then the sad truth reveals itself: these people did not eat at all.

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I first noticed this when Ben tried to get Caila to tell him she loved him after a month and she wouldn’t. There was a really awkward conversation, followed by a rather random resolution. After that, even I was hungry. But the pair got up and left happily, their plates perfectly preserved vestiges of an awkward/romantic (?) conversation.

After this moment of realization, I started scrutinizing every shred of food displayed on the show, and how almost every shred of food was left completely untouched.

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I was baffled. Those dates had to have lasted for hours. The contestants didn’t eat during the day, so by the time they got to the romantic and cozy dinner, they had to be famished. But they left without one piece of nourishment crossing their lips.

It’s like every occasion calls for food and wine/alcohol, except the food is forbidden and the booze is in excess. I mean seriously, these girls can draaaaaaank.

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So why the heck is no one eating on this show? Turns out, they literally aren’t allowed to.

Q&A with ex-Bachelor Sean Lowe reveals that the producers of the show won’t let the two lovebirds eat because it’s considered unattractive and no one wants to see people eating (cue the Food Network and Guy Fieri audibly gasping).

Here’s what Lowe has to say: “Typically, we would eat alone in the hotel room before the date so we wouldn’t be starving later.” How romantic.

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Of course, this season has been lucky enough to see some bites here and there, like when Ben and Jubilee awkwardly shoved hors d’oeuvres in one another’s mouth.

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Let us also not forget the boyish bachelor and Amanda trying to eat a McDonald’s french fry à la Lady and The Tramp.

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No wonder the producers don’t want them eating food on the show: clearly, they are very bad at it. That, or they don’t understand the simple and direct way to every girl’s heart (something even Buddy The Elf gets) — you have to be direct, and ask them what they want to hear.

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