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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!
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.  
According to some ‘health’ writers vegan diets are deficient in vital nutrients. So, do vegans need to become pill-poppers to stay healthy?   
Spending more time in the sun or taking vitamin D supplements could help reduce the risk of Covid-19 complications, say some scientists.
Most people know that saturated fats, like those found in meat, cheese, butter, pies and biscuits, are ‘bad’ and unsaturated fats, in nuts and seeds, are ‘good’. But are some of the good ones better than others and where can we find them? 
Why do we need it? Which foods are the best sources and can too much be harmful? 

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