Vegans are more likely to take two more days off work on average a year than meat eaters, vegetarians and pescatarians.
A study by the Fisherman’s Friend Annual Cold & Flu Survey found that vegans take an average 4.8 days off work due to colds and flu.
The survey found that non-vegans only take 2.5 days of sick leave each year.
However, the reasons for the high sick day leave remain unclear and there are questions as to whether the survey is reliable and accurate.
“it’s very irresponsible of Fisherman’s Friend to make this generalisation that vegans take more sick days”.
Dominika Piaseka, Vegan Society
The survey also showed that vegans are more likely to visit their local GP for cold and flu symptoms.
Dominika Piaseka, spokeswoman for the Vegan Society, Said: “With the current population of vegans being at one-percent that would suggest that only ten-percent were vegan (In the survey), so it’s very irresponsible of Fisherman’s Friend to make this generalisation that vegans take more sick days”.
She added: “The survey actually found that young people are more likely to take sick days and most vegans happen to be young people.”
Fisherman’s Friend also found that people in Nottingham take more sick leave than any other city in the UK.
(*The survey was conducted with 1000 office workers across the UK)