Bill Clinton's vegan diet keeps his heart young.
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Eats, Healthy Living, Vegan
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Former President Bill Clinton may be the world’s most famous vegan according to his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, and the plant-based lifestyle has done more than just slim him down and make him look great.

After suffering from heart disease, the 67 year old underwent open heart surgery in 2010. The health scare led to a drastic lifestyle change. Clinton chose a plant-based diet to combat his ill health and lost 30 pounds in the process, adding years to his life and life to his years.

The former president’s heart is healthier than ever thanks to plant-strong living. Chelsea Clinton said about her father’s health status, “He went to the doctor recently, and his doctor told him that his heart today is much younger than it was even 10 years ago.”

The former president has stayed dedicated to his health since his switch to veganism and wants to help others do the same. His daughter said, “He walks four times a week diligently wherever he is in the world. And he’s so determined to be an advocate for other men and men in particular to go to the doctors, as he did when he started to not feel well. And then to make the necessary changes in their life so hopefully they can live a long time.”

Healthier hearts and slimmer waists are both great perks of the vegan lifestyle, but let’s not forget all of the needless suffering and negative environmental impacts that are avoided too. We’re thrilled for the former president, and happy he has put such a professional face on veganism.

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VIA Yahoo News

About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at for a free health consultation today!

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  • Siraganda

    Since he is vegan he looks really different – much younger, no red face, very smart and healthy!

  • Martin Ankerl

    I’m sure his doctor takes care that he gets enough Vitamin B12, K2, D3, iron, zink. Lots of vegans are deficitient of these nutrients if they don’t take care.

    • peopleareidiots

      You seem very educated about nutrition….especially about zink. Would you to care to post proof that shows “Lots of vegans are deficitient of these nutrients”. Do you really think somebody would eat a certain way if they need to take more supplements than they had previous to switching to the diet they’re on?

      B12 isn’t animal based, it’s bacteria based. 39% of Americans are low on b12. Last I checked 39% of America is not vegan. It’s the one supplement that the medical community recommends that everybody over 50 take, irregardless of their diet.

      • Martin Ankerl

        Studies show that vegans tend to have lower B12, google e.g. “Serum concentrations of vitamin B12 and folate in British male omnivores, vegetarians and vegans: results from a cross-sectional analysis of the EPIC-Oxford cohort study”

        Even T. Colin Campbell writes in the “China Study” that people who don’t eat meat should occasionally get a B12 supplement.

        Of course that does not mean only vegans get a B12 deficit!

    • Loavan

      You can be deficient in all those vitamins in an omnivorous diet. Meat eaters don’t magically get enough of those nutrients.

      • Martin Ankerl

        That’s true, but just removing all animal products does not mean you are now magically eating healthy as well.

      • peopleareidiots

        If you are eating processed and refined vegan foods, then yes you are not eating healthy.

        If you are eating a diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and all whole plant-based food sources, then, yes, by definition you are “magically” eating healthy as well, as you are eating, by far, the most nutritionally, most vitamin dense, most easily digestible, most easily assimilated, most alkaline foods the human body can eat. In other words, you are getting the most nutritional bang per your caloric buck.

        Do you think the United States got into the health epidemic that it is in now because you’ve got too many people eating the same things that Clinton eats, which are the foods that just somehow “magically” turned his health around?

      • Martin Ankerl

        If you eat a diet of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and all kinds of animal parts (e.g. liver is fantastic, fatty fish is rich in omega 3 in the form of EPA and DHA) you are also magically eating healthy, and you’ll get a few nutrients that are hard to come by from plants.

        I think we both agree that the way people are eating now is unhealthy, I just don’t think that meats are the problem. Highly processed foods, added sugar, and unhealthy fats are to blame.

  • Mary L – Mary’s Test Kitchen

    Why the misleading headline and content? He has admitted to eating fish on a somewhat regular basis. Not part of a vegan diet. I think it’s great to publicize his health gains and it’s probably right to credit his predominantly plant-based diet, but using the word vegan is just incorrect. What happened to factual reporting vs twisting the facts to prove your own point?

    And this is one of the reasons why when vegans go to restaurants and ask if there’s anything vegan on the menu, servers recommend the fish option. :p

  • Igz

    He is not a vegan, he eats some animal products.