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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. 
As more and more plant milks are popping up, you may be wondering about their health benefits and how they compare to cow's milk. Veronika Powell explores the milky landscape
Let’s face it, we all know we could eat healthier but we also want to be able to treat ourselves every now and then. A vegan diet gives you the maximum damage limitation – you can still have cakes, chocolate and creamy sauces but they’re all much better for you than their animal-based counterparts.
by Diana Anderson Bsc. (Hons) RD, Registered Dietitian
The Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation's senior health campaigner, Amanda Woodvine, explains why the world just keeps on getting fatter...

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