Bill Clinton Drops Meat, Dairy, and 24 Pounds

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Former President Bill Clinton, reputed for his legendary consumption of snack foods, has made a surprise move. In an effort to drop weight before his daughter Chelsea's (vegan) wedding, the father of the bride gave up meat and dairy products, becoming a vegan. (He admits to eating fish on rare occasions.)There was more behind his decision than dropping a few tuxedo sizes, though: Clinton has a history of heart problems. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and had two coronary stents implanted in February. As he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer:

Since 1986, several hundred people who have tried essentially a plant-based diet--not ingesting any cholesterol from any source--have seen their bodies start to heal themselves--break up the arterial blockage, break up the calcium deposits around the heart. Eighty-two percent of the people who have done this have had that result, so I want to see if I can be one of them.

So as the veganism movement gains followers, there are more and more testaments to the values of a plant based diet. Let's hope Bill can stay away from the Cheetos.

Check out his interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer:

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