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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...

If pregnant crickets are exposed to a predatory wolf spider, their babies will hatch, exhibiting increased antipredator behavior and, as a consequence, improved survival from wolf spider attack. The mother cricket appears to be able to forewarn her babies about the threat when they are still inside her, so they would be pre-adapted to their external environment. This even happens in plants. If you grow two genetically identical plants – one in the sun, one in the shade – the sun-grown plant will produce seeds that grow better in the sun, and the shaded plant will produce seeds that grow better in the shade – even though they’re genetically identical. What’s happening is called epigenetics, external factors changing gene expression.
With the growing popularity of veganism, more and more parents are raising their children vegan and many have to constantly defend their decision to do so.
Simply by going veggie, children cut their risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and obesity… So what are they eating – and what should they be eating? Here’s some winning tips to get it right! 
Being vegan can boost fertility and help you have a vivacious and robust baby!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
In order to grow up big and strong with healthy bones you need to gobble up milkand lots of dairy products, right? So why do countries that consume the most dairy have the highest rates of osteoporosis and fragile bones? Viva! Health’s new ‘Break Free’ campaign destroys the myths and shows what really matters for healthy bones.
Parents, it seems, are constantly under pressure as to the best way to feed their children. During your own childhood, and throughout the lives of your own children, you will have heard many times the constant claim that children need milk and dairy products to grow up big and strong and have healthy bones.