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.
People are confused – bad science and poor journalism don’t help our understanding of fat, lumping the good and the bad in the same basket. Many people fear all types of fat, worrying that it’s always bad for our health and that it causes unwanted weight gain. But not all fat is bad… 
Coconut oil is everywhere these days, used in baking, smoothies and beauty treatments. Enthusiasts claim it can help you lose weight and fight all manner of illnesses. But is it really a panacea for good health or is it just the best of a bad bunch?
The pro-fat lobby are determined get butter, cheese and beef back on the menu. Bad science, poor journalism and commercial interests are at the heart of this issue which has left many people confused.   
By Elena Holmes BSc, PGDip Nutritional Therapy, MSc Nutritional Therapy (pending)
Jamie Oliver has forced Turkey Twizzlers off the school menu – a junk food made up of fat, salt, fillers and about 34 per cent turkey slurry. If you’re contemplating tucking into a Christmas turkey, Amanda Woodvine (BSc Nutrition) asks a disturbing question – is it just another junk food?
The Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation's senior health campaigner, Amanda Woodvine, explains why the world just keeps on getting fatter...
Juliet Gellatley, founder & director of Viva!Health looks at the link between eczema, asthma and hayfever and how diet can help you