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No words. There are no words for how absolutely thrilled we are with this amazing news!

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.”

Just hours ago, Ecorazzi received exclusive information from a friend of Clinton (who wishes to remain anonymous) regarding first-hand conversations with the former president about his vegan diet.

According to our source, 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 our 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 our 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.”

That’s all the information we have for now. Stay tuned to Ecorazzi throughout the week for more information on Clinton’s fancy new vegan diet. Check out the interview below to hear the former president in his own words. What a way to start the weekend!

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  • Emerito E. Tagarda

    That would be one of Bill’s smartest moves so far and he’s on the right track, indeed. If more smart people will follow suit this world will become a better place to live in. I am a vegan, myself, since Sept., 2007, and felt great ever since, physically and mentally. It even improves one’s spirituality, and understands better in whatever interest he’s engaged in. In my case, for example, the enthusiasm and more focused interest has led me to dig deeper until I stumbled upon the wisdom of how to really ‘cure’ most dreaded diseases, e.g. cancer, hiv/aids, malaria, influenza, hepatitis ABC, viral like colds or Hfever dengue, parasitic, etc. Yes, I’ve used this wisdom several times and had helped people, successfully. Well, I think I’m exposing myself a little bit more than necessary already. Please relay this article to Mr. Bill Clinton and Michael Douglas.

  • http://epicuriousvegan.com Janessa

    I love it. Whether or not he ever becomes “completely vegan” the fact that he recognizes even just the health benefits is indicative of the changing tide toward more interest in plant-based diets. Way to go, Bill. And Chelsea!

  • http://www.optimumnutritionists.com Nutritionist Harley Street

    This is awesome news, the figure Bill Clinton quotes of 82% success rate of improving heart health blows results from drug trials out of the water.

    That must be petrifying to the pharmaceutical Industry when someone like Clinton stands up and says food is more powerful than drugs.

    No wonder the stock market is now focusing on food

    Lets hope he lives for a long time and gets to see his wish of watching his grandchildren grow up.

    Yvonne Bishop-Weston, Nutritionist, London

  • Patrick

    Poor guy – this could well be a death sentence for him. In the short term he may feel better but then the deficiencies will catch up with him. I speak from experience. Also, the China Study as interpreted by Campbell has been thoroughly discredited. See this blog for more info: http://rawfoodsos.com/

    • georgina

      And why exactly would that happen to Clinton and not to the thousands of perfectly healthy vegans walking on earth? While it is true that some people cannot manage their vegan diets and eat things that are not so good for the body, why would he suffer from any “deficiencies”?
      From this post, it is clear that the man has done his research and knows what he is doing, no?

    • http://ragazza64.blogspot.com/ Georgy Ragazza

      I think the vegan athletes would disagree with you there as well.

    • Renee

      I haven’t clicked on your link, but just to clarify (from the name of it), following a vegan diet and following a raw diet are two different things.

    • A vegan

      That attempt at discrediting Campbells interpretation of the China Study has been discredited. Here’s one link: http://www.vegsource.com/news/2010/07/china-study-author-colin-campbell-slaps-down-critic-denise-minger.html

    • Sarah

      And what about all the meat eaters that are deficient and have many health problems? I do not see why people think being vegan will make you unheatlhy and a meat diet will make you heatlthy. Do they ‘forget’ about all the UNHEALTHY meat eaters??

    • Susan Hoppler

      This gentleman does not have a clue what he’s talking about! A vegan diet that consists of healthy food and not just junk food will have all the nutrients and positive effects that the other millions of vegans have. People that eat fast food and a lot of junk food and do eat meat also have deficiencies in their diet.

    • Tegan

      What deficiencies? You can get every nutrient your body needs from plants. However of course you CAN eat an unhealthy vegan diet, just as you can an omnivorious one.
      You can eat nothing but chips and soya-icecream, be vegan, and be terribly malnurished – but that doesn’t mean you will be if you eat PROPERLY.

      Yay for Clinton!

    • KATHLEEN

      Gee, as a 14 year vegan….I guess I’m dead……

    • Dave R

      I have been vegetarian since 1986 and vegan since 1992. I am very healthy and strong. In LA we have a well known member of the vegan community who is in her mid 80′s and healthy who has been vegetarian her whole life and vegan for about 40 years. I know many other thriving long term vegans of all blood types. Most vegans who eat well thrive. Please don’t spread such misinformation.

  • vladimir tarlo

    God for him.He is the great humah-being.

  • hank

    Keep reading; use Google Scholar and look at the research.
    Don’t trust what somebody with a blog tells you, without verifying for yourself.

    Try various searches. Here’s one that gives some results:
    http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=omega+short+long+chain+conversion+fish

    That turned up this, among much else:

    Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 32(4): 619–634 (2007) doi:10.1139/H07-034 | © 2007 NRC Canada
    Extremely limited synthesis of long chain polyunsaturates in adults: implications for their dietary essentiality and use as supplements

    “… confusion surrounds the extent of conversion in humans of the parent PUFA, linoleic acid or ?-linolenic acid (ALA), to their respective long-chain PUFA products. As a result, there is uncertainty about the potential benefits of ALA versus eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) or docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Some of the confusion arises because although mammals have the necessary enzymes to make the long-chain PUFA from the parent PUFA, in vivo studies in humans show that ?5% of ALA is converted to EPA and <0.5% of ALA is converted to DHA. Because the capacity of this pathway is very low in healthy, nonvegetarian humans, even large amounts of dietary ALA have a negligible effect on plasma DHA …."

    Ordinary Google finds lots of opinion, but some cited info also, e.g.

    "When fish is eliminated from the diet, few direct sources of highly unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids remain. Therefore, vegetarians predominately rely on the conversion of the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) from plants to supply EPA & DHA.

    "Unfortunately, this process is commonly inefficient, as enzymes necessary for this conversion are easily disrupted. High intakes of omega-6 fatty acids can have a profound effect on omega-3 fatty acid conversion, reducing it by as much as 40-50% (or more). Conversion enzymes may not function as well in people with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, or certain metabolic disorders."

    – Vegetarian's Challenge–Optimizing Essential Fatty Acid Status, by Brenda Davis, RD

    as quoted here
    http://www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_healthy_long_life/fish/

    along with this comment:
    The best advice is to minimize the omega-6's, and maximize the omega-3's, if you want the most efficient conversion of plant-sourced omega-3s into EPA/DHA. Recommendations for healthy vegetarians are to keep their ratios at 2:1 to 4:1, for optimal conversion of flax (and other ALA sources) into EPA & DHA. Recent research, however, now recommends keeping that ratio to 1:1, but that's very difficult to do.

  • http://ecovegangal.com Eco-Vegan Gal

    This is incredible news – thank you for providing the inside scoop!

  • Carol Bayard

    The proof can easily be seen at any Seventh Day Adventist church. Veganism works! You will never see children as happy and healthy as you see here. We had the happy occasion to be present for several open dinners at one of these churches.. The food was great and the children running happily around the area looked like cherubs from heaven. It was a joyful time and I wish all people could experience this for themselves. If nothing else convinces of the truth about veganism, this would certainly do the trick. Try it!!

  • garabet

    I have been vegan since 1995. No supplements. Mostly organic. Special attention to food combining. No white bread! Minimise acidic vegan foods. Maximise alkaline. Thank Mother Nature and God as you have your food and water. Wish animals suffering free lives. Be positive. Cannot go wrong! Thank you and God Bless!

  • dan

    He didn’t say vegetarian, or vegan, or the words suffering, pain, reducing, violence. He said to imitate the people in this study whatever it was called (not mentioned either). He did say health, and grandchildren. He didn’t say vegan once. He said he wants to live longer. Fair enough. But he didn’t say, “because what we do to animal is TERRORISM, oops, I mean Terrible, or something along those lines. The reporter woman said vegan rather hurriedly. Veganism is still more than just diet. Of course this page has a Mcdonalds add on it right now.

  • teri angeletti

    Actually Esselstyn has great results with heart and reversing damage. Go Bill!!!

  • http://www.epoxygreen.com Green Builder

    Great post! I’m interested to try this Vegan Diet as well :)

  • Jamez

    That’s being Pesciatarian, not Vegan, since he still and only consumes fish. But thats a positive step forward anyway.

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  • marina

    God bless you.

  • Steve

    I don’t understand why people are so concerned by what others eat. Why are you so happy by what Bill Clinton eats? Is your self-esteem so low that you need some form of validation? If you want to be a vegan, be a vegan. Stop the preaching, you turn off people by your attitudes. Every day on this planet animals eat other animals, are lions terrorists? Perhaps we should charge all animals with murder that eat animals and give them the death penalty. Would that make you happy?

    • Ida

      Hmmm…I am turned off by your attitude. You have failed to convert me to un-necessary killing. Meanwhile, my self-esteem is just fine, thanks.

      Adhering to your faulty logic would not make me happy. But logical and compassionate choices do.

      Hope you can find a conversation online that makes you less angry and defensive. In fact, you might find that when you find one, you are pleased when you find others who think and act like you. Which would…put you in the same kind of place as the people in this conversation, “validating” a choice with which they agree. Clearly, crazy, just crazy.

      Best of luck in becoming less threatened by other people’s choices. Meanwhile, you’ll eat what you eat.

    • http://purelyvegan.proboards.com/ dynastygal

      Would you allow cannibals the right to eat other humans? What’s so different about it when another species is being eaten? Majority of the world doesn’t need to eat meat, dairy, eggs, honey, etc. An animals have the right not to be subjected to abuse and death we put on them by consuming the above products. That’s why we care.

      Also, you’re confusing natural need for meat – carnivores – like lions and the mere want for the taste of meat – what humans do.

      • SUSAN

        How is killing fruits and vegetables any different than killing animals? Ripping their children right from thier limbs? If you think meat is murder, you really ought to stop eating. Fruit is murder! Vegetables are murdered! Their entire existance is dependant on humans from seed to death – much like our animals. I am not being absurd. Plants are no less alive than animals! Areyou being specist by saying its ok to kill some things but not others for food? What’s up with that kind of hypocrity?

    • http://purelyvegan.proboards.com/ dynastygal

      Lions are carnivores. They need meat to survive.

      Humans (the majority of) do not. Big difference.

    • joe

      I’m not concerned with animals killing animals in the wild, I am concerned with what humans do and what they think gives them the right, especially in today’s world of plentiful plant food growings.

  • Len Lewis

    Not everyone in the SDA church is vegan or vegetarian. Many more Catholics are vegan and vegetarian than SDA! I am an ex- SDA pastor, and have never been a vegatarian. Eat animal products once a week or so and live a BALANCED LIFE. The false SDA belief of an “Investigative Judgment” where no one can ever be sure of their salvation, negates all their efforts to reach potential members under the guise of “health reform”

  • http://thevegantruth.blogspot.com M. Butterflies Katz

    It’s great about Bill and his speaking out about a nearly plant-based diet…that is great for the movement. However, in your article when you say this:
    “What made him go vegan?” According …..

    that is NOT good for the movement. You are making a plant-based diet the same as a vegan, which it is not. We need to tell the truth in our journalism. Being vegan is not a diet, it is way of life that excludes animal products and practices that exploit animals.

    • themoo

      Good Point! A plant based diet is not the same as eating vegan. He or his chef start from the basics and use “plants” green plants. It is important for individuals’ future health to NOT eat process food… even if they say natural or organic.

  • http://beaelliott.blogspot.com/ BeaElliott

    I think the reason Steve – that people are happy about Mr. Clinton’s decision to eat a “plant based diet” is that finally this way of eating is getting the recognition that it deserves. This means the possibility of improving the status “SAD diet” quo. It means people may shift quicker towards a health for their bodies and the planet… It also means that people *may* begin to inquire about the lack of “necessity” in eating animals. And let’s face it… If one doesn’t “need” to harm innocent creatures – then why in the world should they?

    Bill Clinton’s diet is a win/win all the way around… What’s your problem with a culture evolving? And BTW – we are NOT lions, bears or alligators – We CAN choose to consume foods that don’t require killing… Tigers and lions can’t… BUT if they could “select” foods that caused no harm – But still killed anyway… We’d call them “dangerous”. Why don’t we hold those same standards regarding ourselves?

    Bravo to Mr. Clinton and everyone else who is open to discovering a better way! :)

  • http://hollywooddigital.wordpress.com/ _mark

    this man is seemingly cooler and cooler .. great job bill, keep that habit up.

  • tickyul

    Clinton is toying with the Vegancult diet, SO WHAT?????? I mean, does that pump up the other Vegancult members, “WOW, I AM A VEGAN AND BILL HAS NOW JOINED THE CLUB, AINT I SMART?????”. I don’t jump up and down and stick out my chest every time Rush Limbaugh talks about eating steak, WHAT GIVE WITH YOU VEGANCULTERS??????

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  • Chris

    Good for Bill! A plant based diet reverses heart disease in 83% of the people! Let’s hope he goes entirely vegan.

    Weston A. Price foundation is a farming lobby group. Be wary of anything written by them—Mary Enig, Mercola, Sally Fallon Morell—very agenda-ridden.

    Stephen Byrnes was one of their “health gurus.” and he promoted a high meat/dairy diet. His works are published all over the net, and he perished from a fatal stroke at 40 years of age.

  • http://www.london-Nutritionist.info London Nutritionist

    Fantastic News, and great that he’s gone vegan. Long may he stay off the standard “SAD” diet.