Justine Butler

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Dr. Justine Butler is the senior health researcher and writer at Viva! She joined as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. She also holds a BSc in biochemistry, and a Diploma in nutrition.

Justine's scientific training has helped her research and write numerous scientific reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelled out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. Viva! were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

Justine has also had an extensive list of articles published in health and trade journals, as well as national and regional newspapers.


  • Avocados, wholegrain bread and nuts are a good source of some B vitamins

    The B vitamins are a collection of eight, water-soluble vitamins essential for a range of important functions in the body. They help release energy from food and are essential for our immune and nervous systems. They are not stored in the body so we need to eat foods that contain them. Why are they so important and which foods contain them?

  • The first time most people hear about vitamin K is when they’ve just had a baby. In the UK and many other countries, the government recommends all babies should be given vitamin K soon after birth to prevent internal bleeding. So why is vitamin K important, and which foods provide the best source? 

  • There’s a battle going on in your body. Unstable molecules called free radicals are hell-bent on wreaking havoc, causing damage to cells, proteins and DNA. Antioxidants are the home guard, good guys that come to the rescue! But is it really that simple or have free radicals been given a bad rap and antioxidants over-hyped?

  • At a time when good nutrition is seen as a priority, it's incredible that vegan hospital patients are being forced to either go hungry or make their own arrangements. 

  • How friendly is your gut flora – the billions of bacteria that inhabit your intestines? This is your intestinal microbiome and it helps you absorb and digest nutrients, synthesises vitamins, boosts your immune system, helps regulate metabolism and combats disease in ways that we are only just beginning to understand. Gut health has a huge influence on your overall health and when unfriendly bacteria move in, trouble soon follows.

  • Brazil nuts

    Selenium was discovered over 200 years ago – it’an element vital for health so long as you don't overdo it.                                                                                   

  • As sales of plant milks continue to soar, the dairy industry has turned its focus on iodine – trying to persuade people to drop plant milks in favour of dairy on the basis that cow’s milk contains this vital trace element.  However, there are much healthier ways to get your iodine…

  • Why are there less vegan men than women? Are outdated gender stereotypes holding men back? It’s time to debunk the myths – from the daft to the downright dangerous – and reveal why going vegan is a good choice for men – as well as everyone else.

  • Many people in the UK have low vitamin D levels. This important vitamin helps our bodies to absorb calcium so is important for good bone health and it may also combat cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious and autoimmune diseases.  

  • Avian influenza became commonly known as bird flu in the late 1990’s when it spread through live-poultry markets in Hong Kong, infecting people and leading to six deaths. It was controlled only by slaughtering the entire poultry population. But how did this outbreak happen and where did the virus come from?  

  • In 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that processed meat does cause cancer and red meat probably does. Most of us already know about the links between meat and bowel cancer but meat is linked to many other cancers too... 

  • The idea that we are suited to a hunter-gatherer diet, rich in meat and fish with no grains or pulses, is flawed on a number of levels. Viva! Health's Dr Justine Butler investigates... 

  • 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… 

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    The Truth About… Healthy Eating (First shown on BBC1 at 9pm 2 June 2016) failed miserably; the reporting was biased and the conclusions misleading – it was more like an advert for the egg and dairy industries!  

  • 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… 

  • fruit and vegan meringues

     

    Have you heard? There's a vegan food revolution happening! It's been reported in the Guardian, the Daily Mail and the Mirror and this new ingredient now means that there has never been more choice for vegans..

  •  crimbo crumble

    We appear to be witnessing an exponential growth in the availability of vegan options in cafes, restaurants and coffee shops across the country!

    As a vegan I have low expectations of finding anything to eat in high street coffee shops except possibly a small bag of crisps or nuts

  • Red meat lined up on surfaces

     

    Last month the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed that processed meats such as bacon, ham and sausages, do cause bowel cancer and that red meats such as beef, pork and lamb, probably do too... no real surprises there!

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