There might have been a time when vegans were few and far between, and some might have considered them as tree-hugging, lentil-loving hippies. But that time has well and truly passed. Over the past couple of years, the popularity of veganism has skyrocketed. Last year, The Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine revealed that at least 542,000 Brits are following the diet.
Tinseltown is also onboard with the likes on Beyonce, Brad Pitt and Leonardo di Caprio all advocating the plant-based diet. The latter has invested in Beyond Burger, a meatless burger made of plant protein.
Q) Should I take a calcium supplement? I am postmenopausal and healthy but worried about maintaining my bone health.
A) Recent research from New Zealand published in the British Medical Journal investigated all the best studies looking at the relationship between calcium and bone fracture. According to NHS Choices (nhs.uk), the results, counter to previous medical advice, showed that for most healthy people calcium supplements will make little difference to their bone health or risk of fracture. They may also cause side effects such as constipation, kidney stones and, more seriously, an increased chance of heart attack.
Expert advice in the UK is that we need about 700mg of calcium a day to feed our bones, which are constantly being destroyed and renewed. We should get this quite easily from our diet. Good sources are oily fish, nuts, seeds, beans (eg, soya) and pulses (eg, chickpeas), as well as milk, cheese and yoghurt. Read More…