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If you have ever toyed with the idea of going vegan, you most probably thought (at least once) that you might not be able to live without cheese. I can relate - when I went vegan, my cheese cravings reached epic proportions and there were times I even daydreamed about cheese, as if it was a drug… 
It is claimed that honey can prevent, treat and cure all manner of ailments to from acne to worms! But how much is true and how much is just hype?
Every few months the headlines say butter is back, saturated fat is good for you and calorie counting is over. Every time this happens, the study in question is later discredited, but the damage is done… 
Public Health England has just published new dietary advice recommending people halve their dairy intake and eat less meat, replacing it with beans and pulses! This is NOT an April Fools’ joke – it’s for real! 
Everybody needs a regular source of vitamin B12: for vegans this means a supplement or sufficient fortified foods in their diet. However, despite all the warnings, vegans may actually have an advantage over meat and dairy-eaters when it comes to this important vitamin… 
Viva!Health has launched a government petition to get red and processed meat products to carry a health warning label ‘may cause cancer’. HELP us get the government to take action - sign now!
Let’s face it, we all know we could eat healthier but we also want to be able to treat ourselves every now and then. A vegan diet gives you the maximum damage limitation – you can still have cakes, chocolate and creamy sauces but they’re all much better for you than their animal-based counterparts.
by Diana Anderson Bsc. (Hons) RD, Registered Dietitian
Almost one in two of us will get cancer at some point in our lives. Why is it rampaging out of control and how can we fight it? To find out, Viva! founder Juliet Gellatley met Professor Mustafa Djamgoz, Professor of Cancer Biology at Imperial College, London, and co-author (with Professor Jane Plant) of the book Beat Cancer

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