The classic British breakfast the bacon sandwich has come top of a list of meals people would find hardest to give up if they became vegetarian for a week, with 49 per cent of adults holding this view.
National Vegetarian Week runs from Monday May 19th to Sunday May 25th, with the Vegetarian Society encouraging people to give up eating meat for the seven-day period.
It commissioned a survey in association with YouGov, which saw 2,215 British adults - 2,024 of whom regularly consumed meat - being questioned about how easy they would find it to become a temporary vegetarian.
Bacon butties were top of the list of most difficult foods to give up, with fish and chips in second place - with 45 per cent of people thinking they'd struggle not to eat this meal all week - and steak, chicken curry and a meaty fry-up taking third place with 37 per cent apiece.
Chief executive of the Vegetarian Society Lynne Elliot commented: "What we need now is to discover the perfect meat-free alternative to the bacon butty and then who knows."
The survey also looked at tasks people would rather take part in than give up meat, with 27 per cent preferring to temporarily abstain from drinking alcohol instead and 13 per cent stating they would rather spend three hours at the gym for a seven-day period.
Eight per cent would prefer to spend the week eating dry crackers every day, with the same percentage saying they would rather remain silent or have to sing karaoke in front of everyone they knew.
To coincide with the 22nd annual National Vegetarian Week - which is sponsored by leading supermarket Tesco - the society has also launched a new smartphone app, which will provide consumers with tips on cooking up meat-free recipes.
In a statement advertising this, the vegetarian organisation explained: "The app features a great range of recipes for cooks of all abilities along with a handy 'binder' function so you can save all your favourite recipes in one place."