Dr Justine Butler, Senior Health Researcher and Writer for Viva!Health looks into the health claims made for coconut oil and finds that although not as bad as butter and lard, polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils are still healthier.
In last night’s Horizon programme ‘Should I Eat Meat? - The Big Health Dilemma’, Dr Michael Mosley investigated the health effects of red and processed meat. He was to conduct an admittedly unscientific experiment on himself by eating an increased amount of red meat for a month and then assess the effects.
Do you wish to eat healthily and start loving your greens and pulses, but stuck on exciting culinary ideas or lasting ways to sustain a lifestyle change? The brand new Viva! 30 Day Vegan Pledge is perfect for you!
We are honoured that Viva!life – our supporter’s magazine – is up for best publication at the 2014 Vegfest Awards. And on our 20th anniversary, too!
Please vote for Viva!life (plus all your other vegan favourites) at http://www.vegfest.co.uk/vote.
A new study from Oxford University, looking at how diet affects cancer risk, has revealed that people who don’t eat meat have a much lower risk of getting the disease. The 15-year study followed 60,000 British men and women of which over 18,000 were vegetarians and 2,246 vegan. They found that cancer incidence was 11 per cent lower in vegetarians, but a whopping 19 per cent lower in vegans.
The magazine Marie Claire has published a story urging people to eat red meat, Viva!Health say this is bad advice, we should be encouraging people to cut back or omit red meat from the diet! The article ‘8 Food Rules to Ditch Now’ in the June 2014 edition of Marie Claire says that it is a myth that eating red meat is bad for you.
30-Day Vegan Takes Over from Veganuary
The hugely successful Veganuary campaign – an invitation to people to try going vegan for the month of January – has been followed up by Viva!’s 30-day Vegan. With no date limits, this new Viva! campaign offers non-stop support to everyone who wants to try changing their diet. It’s free and all they have to do is sign up.
There aren’t many TV series that are sufficiently compelling to make me stay home (okay, I haven’t yet come to terms with catch-up TV). But without doubt, one of them was the legal drama Judge John Deed, which ran for six series from 2001 to 2007. A High Court judge, Sir John Deed (played by Martin Shaw), tries to bring a more acute sense of justice to the cases which come up before him. They invariably involve controversial subject matter such as the MMR vaccine and radio masts and sprinkled throughout the series is a positive portrayal of animals, animal rights and veganism.
Viva! investigates: A cage is still a cage
Another side of egg production was the battery cage – a byword for cruelty for decades.
However, they are now being replaced across Europe by – yes you guessed it – another cage. Optimistically described as ‘enriched’, hens are still packed into wire prisons – prisons with a little more space. There is some cursory ‘environmental enrichment’ but there is no escaping the fact that it is still a cage.
A MASSIVE three billion* fewer meaty meals were eaten in Britain in 2011 when compared to 2005, according to new government statistics released this week.
Agriculture in the UK, 2011, reveals that the average person is eating around 47 fewer meat-based dishes annually compared to in 2005.