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Do vegans suffer more bone fractures?

Do vegans suffer more bone fractures?

Do vegans suffer more bone fractures? by Dr Shireen KassamConcerns have been raised by two recent scientific publications on the risk of bone fractures in people following a vegan diet. Before dismissing these new findings, we should carefully assess the results and...

Plant-based diet index

Plant-based diet index

Plant-based diet indexMuch of what we know about diet, nutrition and health comes from prospective cohort studies, which follow large groups of people, usually healthy at baseline, for a number of years and analyse associations between dietary intake and health...

Vegan iron sources

Vegan iron sources

Vegan iron sources by Lisa SimonOne of the most common misconceptions by those unfamiliar with plant-based nutrition, and also a common worry for those new to a vegan diet is that it is difficult to meet iron needs without consuming meat. Different type of iron in...

The truth about soya

The truth about soya

The truth about soya by Dr Laura FreemanSoya is one of the healthiest foods to incorporate in a plant-based diet and in fact in any diet. Yet, there remains widespread confusion about its impact on health. This is in part due to some studies in non-human animals that...

What is a whole food plant-based diet?

What is a whole food plant-based diet?

What is a whole food plant-based diet? by Lisa SimonWhat is a whole food plant-based diet? A whole food plant-based diet is a way of eating which not only eliminates all animal products, but focuses on natural, minimally processed plant foods. This makes it different...

Vegan foods high in zinc

Vegan foods high in zinc

Vegan foods high in zinc by Lisa SimonWhat is zinc? Zinc is a mineral essential to cell division, playing a key role in growth during pregnancy and from birth through to adolescence. It is also important for the preconception period, as it plays a role in hormone...

The truth about food intolerance tests

The truth about food intolerance tests

The truth about food intolerance tests by Lisa SimonA growing market There are a growing number of companies claiming to be able to diagnose food intolerances by analysing your hair, or stool samples, or to tell you the composition of your gut microbiome and how you...

Supporting your immune system with a plant-based diet

Supporting your immune system with a plant-based diet

Supporting your immune system with a plant-based diet by Dr Laura FreemanThe importance of our immune system The immune system is critical to all aspects of our health. Although we think about good immunity in relation to our ability to fight infection, a healthy...

How a whole food plant-based diet can help to optimise fertility

How a whole food plant-based diet can help to optimise fertility

How a whole food plant-based diet can help to optimise fertility by Lisa SimonInfertility affects a significant number of individuals and couples trying to conceive, with rates in the UK and the developed world rising. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines...

Plant-based protein sources

Plant-based protein sources

Plant-based protein sources by Lisa SimonPlants are the primary source of protein, and it is from plants that all animals ultimately consume their protein. For those who claim that meat is the best source, they should be advised to look at some of the biggest land...

Vegan foods high in calcium

Vegan foods high in calcium

Vegan foods high in calcium by Lisa SimonThere are many plant-based sources of calcium Calcium is a nutrient that many people fear is lacking in a vegan diet, as dairy is often peddled as the best source. However, there are many plant-based sources of calcium, and as...

Plant-based diet and cancer

Plant-based diet and cancer

Plant-based diet and cancer by Dr Laura FreemanGenetics are responsible only for less than 10% of cancer cases Many people still believe that cancer is genetic and that it’s an inevitable part of life. Of course, this is true for a minority of cancers, which are...

Is Vegan Healthy?

Is Vegan Healthy?

Is Vegan Healthy? by Lisa SimonIt has been clear for some time that the best diet for both human and planetary health is one without animal products, but is a vegan diet inherently healthy? Plant-based vs. vegan First of all, it is important to distinguish between a...

Plant-based diets and risk of stroke

Plant-based diets and risk of stroke

Plant-based diets and risk of strokeThere are two types of stroke; haemorrhagic and ischaemic. The vast majority are ischaemic and share the same risk factors as ischaemic heart disease. Stroke represents a huge burden of disease globally. The Global Burden of...

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