Sunday, September 19, 2010

President Bill Clinton Confirms He’s ‘Experimenting’ With Vegan Diet

President Bill Clinton recently confirmed in an interview with journalist Willow Bay that he is indeed eating a mainly vegan diet. In the interview, the former president explains the reason behind his decision to go vegan.

“I’m trying to be one of those experimenters,” said Clinton. “Since 1986, several hundred people who have tried essentially a plant-based diet, not ingesting any cholesterol from any source, has seen their bodies start to heal themselves — break up the arterial blockage, break up the calcium deposits around the heart. 82 percent of the people who have done this have had this result, so I want to see if I can be one of them.”

Ecorazzi's source received exclusive information from a friend of Clinton regarding first-hand conversations with the former president about his vegan diet.

The source states Clinton decided to adopt the diet in the early part of May. While he does occasionally eat fish, the former president otherwise follows a strict vegan diet.

What made him go vegan? According to the source, Clinton has read many books on the topic, including books by T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish. Although losing weight was a benefit of the dietary change, the choice to go vegan was about more than just losing weight.

“I’ve never known him not to say what’s on his mind,” says the Ecorazzi source. “And he knows quite a bit and likely has a lot to say about the benefits of a vegan diet. He has read The China Study, and he knows the issues. With time, I think it’s likely he could become the most outspoken proponent of a complete vegan diet.”

Check out the interview below and hear the former president talk about the health benefits of a plant based diet.

"Getting away from dairy, anything with a mother (dairy), anything with a face (ie beef, chicken, fish). The major behavior that has to change is, interestingly enough, our food. " –Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn




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