Health Features

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

We all need some cholesterol in our bodies to keep them working normally but too much can clog up our arteries and lead to serious health problems. By making some simple, positive changes, most people can keep their cholesterol levels healthy.
Good nutrition is always important but especially so when you are ill or recovering in hospital. Sadly, too many vegan hospital patients are still being forced to go hungry or make their own arrangements. 
More and more parents are choosing to raise their children vegan but sensational headlines supposedly highlighting the plight of vegan infants can scare the life out of you. Be reassured, the vegan kids are alright!
You can all get all the nutrients you need from a varied, vegan diet – and often in a form our bodies can better use. Plus, you avoid all the harmful health effects of eating meat, fish and dairy. Here, we set the record straight with the top 10 food myths – busted!
Are you getting enough fibre in your daily diet? Probably not! 
Do you think that our little canine teeth show that we are natural meat-eaters? If so, you are not alone, but you are wrong. Consider how carnivores eat, you might not (literally) have the stomach for it; could you snatch up a rabbit and tear into the flesh with your bare teeth like a lion does? Their canines reach up to seven centimetres in length and can rip just about anything apart, yours can’t!     
In spring and summer, most people in the UK can get enough vitamin D through the action of sunlight on the skin, but in the winter months, a supplement is required, and for some people, it is a good idea to take one all year round. 
Everyone needs a regular source of vitamin B12 and for vegans this means a supplement or a good supply of B12-fortified foods.