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Bill Clinton Is Vegan?

It seems hard to believe, doesn't it? The former two-term President of the Greatest Nation on Earth has thrown in the towel of carnivorism and become vegan. A man renowned for his insatiable burger 'n fries, high-fat diet has made a radical shift to the other end of the dietary spectrum. You could say he's gone from 'red' to 'green' - meat to plants. So what could have motivated him to do such a seemingly dramatic thing, especially at this stage of his life?

In our day and age, it is no longer a mystery or a surprise that high-fat and -cholesterol diets lead to heart disease. There is enough documented proof of this that it has now become part of mainstream knowledge. So when former President Bill Clinton began to have increased heart problems, he knew it was time to make a change. He'd had trouble with his heart for decades and finally, in 2004, had a quadruple bypass surgery. But that alone could not prevent further diffuculties. In 2010 he had another surgery adding two stents to keep a blocked artery open. There just seemed to be no medical 'fix' for his problem. Now he knew for sure, he had to act decisively and drastically.

He wasn't alone in his life or death struggle, though. While serving as president his wife, Hillary, had the white house staff change the menu from fatty French food to a more vegetarian selection in order to reduce his risk of heart disease. Still, that wasn't enough. He still had his own choices and actions to reform, but was not quite prepared mentally. "I essentially concluded that I had played Russian roulette," he told CNN's Sanjay Gupta in a recent interview. But playing with diet can be even more deadly than Russian roulette as you don't actively think about the consequences. At least with the infamous 'game' you know you might die. With diet, it is all too easy to brush aside the future and just enjoy the taste of 'right now'.

So now the former president has made his decision and taken the plunge into the life of a vegan diet. But will it work? There seems to be little doubt that a vegan diet has many positive effects. From better glucose response, to lower cholesterol, better fitness, weight loss and normalization, and even better emotional health, there seems to be a majority vote of confidence from the evidence. Among the many documented and proven reasons to be a vegan, the possibility of greatly reduced, and even reversed, heart disease must have been the siren song for Bill.

There are many detractors from the vegan diet who claim such reasons as "lack of protein", or "lack of vitamin B12" or even "lack of calcium" will cause adverse and even dangerous side effects. These claims, while good cautionary materials, are not founded in fact. Protein and calcium can be found in abundance in plant foods, and B12 can be found, if nowhere else and not recommended, in pill form.

So why not give it a try? The benefits alone are great reasons to be a vegan, and the risks are little or none. It's working for Bill Clinton to be a vegan, and he's looking better than ever.


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