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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...

It’s a myth that you need meat to get enough iron – a varied vegan diet contains plenty!                                                                                                                                        
Cow’s milk is promoted as natural, wholesome and healthy – it is none of these things! The saturated fat, animal protein, cholesterol, hormones and growth factors it contains are linked to a wide range of illnesses and disease. Aggressive marketing of milk and dairy products has resulted in confusion – people simply don’t know who to believe.
The B vitamins are a collection of eight, water-soluble vitamins essential for a range of important functions in the body. They help release energy from food and are essential for our immune and nervous systems. They are not stored in the body so we need to eat foods that contain them. Why are they so important and which foods contain them?
‘I can’t afford to be vegan!’ It’s one of the arguments you hear far too often. I can see why people say it when they’re new to veganism because it’s so easy to be tempted by all the fancy products in attractive packaging with clever slogans that make you feel like you ‘need’ those foods. The truth is, you don’t! Veganism is for everyone and a vegan diet can be as cheap as, well, chips. But the trick is to make your diet not only cheap but healthy, too. Thrive and not just survive!
To supplement or not - it’s a contentious issue that pops-up every so often and usually triggers a heated debate amongst both new and veteran vegans. So, it’s time to settle the score. 
By Elena Holmes BSc, PGDip Nutritional Therapy, MSc Nutritional Therapy (pending)
A vegan diet can have a bunch of benefits, including easier weight maintenance, but vegans are not automatically skinny. So here’s how to make your diet work better for your weight without going to extremes. If you carry a few extra pounds and would like to lose some weight, all you might need to do is tweak your diet a little.
The dairy industry is up in arms about plant milks, first banning the use of the word ‘milk’ to describe a milky liquid that didn’t come from anyone’s mammary glands and now crying wolf over how many deficiencies we’ll possibly suffer if we ditch dairy. The truth is, there’s a long history of plant milks and other plant drinks having been made by people over millennia. There’s certainly nothing new or unusual about us consuming them.
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. 

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