Vegans Blast Poll Accusing Them Of Taking More Sick Days Than Meat Eaters

A study by confectionery company Fisherman's Friend polled 1,000 workers, asking them about how much time they took off for cold, flu, and other minor ailments
A couple with the flu
Despite the poll, a well-planned vegan diet has been proved to be healthy at all stages of life (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Vegans take more sick days from work than meat eaters, according to a poll by confectionery company Fisherman's Friend, which has been blasted on social media.

The poll asked 1,000 British workers about how much time they take off work. According to the company, vegans take more days off work due to cold, flu, and other minor ailments - an average of five days a year - twice the British average.

Vegan pushback

A number of vegans took to social media to dispute the results of the poll. "The so-called survey involved 1000 people, how many of them are vegan? Total nonsense," wrote one.

"Funny," another added. "I used to get at least four or five colds every winter without fail. I haven’t had a single cold since I went WFPB vegan. Fisherman's Friend medical experts might need to rethink their cohort game."

Another wrote: "This research is so flawed. Their study group is 1,000. Vegans make roughly one percent of the population, so their whole study is based on just 10 workers."

Vegan diets are healthy

"Every year we spot different interesting trends, but this is the first time we have recorded how many days people take off according to their diet type," A Fisherman’s Friend spokesman said in a statement.

But The Vegan Society pointed out: "It's possible to get all the nutrients your body needs from a vegan diet. The Vegan Society has formed an alliance with the British Dietetic Association, promoting the message that well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages.

"Research has linked this way of eating with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer."

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