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Viva!Health unravels the most recent scientific research and makes it easy to understand. Here we update you on the latest findings...

A healthy vegan diet before and during pregnancy helps you have a vivacious and robust baby! Want some proof – see the gorgeous photos of four former Viva! staff, now mums of beautiful, strong vegan kiddies. By Juliet Gellatley, founder & director of Viva!, nutritional therapist and mum of twin sons
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... 
Carbs – love them or hate them, we all need them. Despite a wealth of low-carb fad diets there’s no good reason for avoiding carbohydrates. The key is in choosing the right ones. 
As more and more plant milks are popping up, you may be wondering about their health benefits and how they compare to cow's milk. Veronika Powell explores the milky landscape
Navigating through the endless varieties of fruit drinks can be mind-boggling. Are smoothies better than juices? How about nutrients in juices and smoothies? Do smoothies count towards your five-a-day or, ideally, eight-a-day? And are all types of juice the same nutritionally? Here are your answers in a neat package:
High blood pressure is almost entirely preventable and yet devastates millions of lives, including the young. Juliet Gellatley of Viva! reveals how you can defeat it with a vegan diet    
Heart disease is almost entirely preventable and yet is one of the biggest killers in the UK - its victims becoming ever younger. But heart disease isn’t inevitable and Juliet Gellatley of Viva! explores how and why a vegan diet can defeat it
It’s that tired old chestnut asked by those who think meat, fish, eggs and dairy are the only proper sources of protein. The glib answer is to ask where gorillas, elephants, horses and rhinos get theirs! Some human populations have been thriving on plant-based protein for thousands of years and if you eat enough calories in a varied, vegan diet, it is very difficult to go short. Deficiency is rare in Western societies and is usually the result of disease or ageing rather than diet.   
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?

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