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Bill Clinton's Vegan Diet and How He's Changed From McDonald's

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President Bill Clinton speaks during a get-out-the-vote rally at the Springs Preserve on October 28, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 05:38 PM

Former President Bill Clinton has long had a reputation for loving McDonald's Big Macs, barbecued meats, sugar-laden desserts, and all the greasy fried food he could get his hands on. However, after he underwent emergency heart surgery in 2010, the 67-year-old changed his "junk food junkie" ways and his culinary adventures are now restricted by a modified vegan diet.

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Clinton, who was overweight as a child became an avid jogger in college. In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report, while Clinton was in the White House his jogging habits caused the Secret Service a good deal of consternation. However, despite running three days a week, Clinton's voracious eating habits caused him to pack on additional pounds. In 1993, out of concern for his heart health, Hillary Clinton enlisted Dr. Dean Ornish, known for his holistic approach to dealing with coronary artery disease, to consult on the White House and Camp David menus.

While Dr. Ornish did not put Clinton on a vegan diet, New Republic reports that he did prescribe a low-sugar, plant-heavy, low-fat diet with "less than 10 percent of total calories from fat." However, Clinton gained, lost and then gained weight again and in 2004 ended up having an emergency quadruple bypass surgery.

In 2006, The New York Times reported that Clinton still battled with his desire for unhealthy food and weighed himself every day. Although the report detailed Clinton's daily menu choices, which for the most part were health conscious and prepared by a resident chef, Clinton continued to struggle with his weight.

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It was after Clinton's 2010 emergency heart surgery in which he had two stents put into a coronary artery that Dr. Ornish suggested Clinton go on a strict vegan diet. By 2011, the diet appeared to be working and according to CNN Health, Clinton had lost more than 20 pounds. Clinton claimed to be on a diet that did not include meat, dairy, eggs and included very little oil.

Now in 2014, the question has come up as to whether Clinton has stuck to his vegan diet and by some reports, he has fallen just slightly off the vegan wagon. Since his 2004 bypass surgery, in addition to Dr. Ornish, Dr. Mark Hyman has also been advising Clinton on his dietary habits. According to a recent article in The New York Times, Clinton's modified vegan diet now includes choices like salmon and lean protein from grass-fed beef.

"Two of the nation’s leading vegan and vegetarian organizations say they’re willing to give Clinton a pass since he is mostly adhering to the tenants of the diet" reported ABC News after Clinton's "cheating" on his vegan diet was recently revealed by Dr. Hyman. Clinton is currently 30 pounds lighter than he was when he was president and it appears that, thanks to his modified vegan diet, his weight struggle may be a thing of the past.

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Former President Bill Clinton has long had a reputation for loving McDonald's Big Macs. However, after he underwent emergency heart surgery in 2010, the 67-year-old changed his "junk food junkie" ways and his culinary adventures are now restricted by a modified vegan diet.
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