President Clinton from cheeseburgers to a strict vegetarian

President Clinton from cheeseburgers to a strict vegetarian

Ex-President Clinton was recently interviewed by Harvey Weinstein: "You said to me 'Harv, let’s go out…and we had cheeseburgers and vanilla shakes and French fries and now you’re a vegan.  How did you get there and how do I get there?'”

President Clinton: “When I had my second heart incident and I had to have these stents put in, I had passed all my physicals, I was doing great, I was still building up plaque in my arteries.  So I decided that I wanted to see if I could live to be a grandfather.  So I just went all the way.  Now I try to eat some salmon once a week but I don’t miss any of that.  Getting rid of the dairy was great, getting rid of the meat was great.  I just don’t miss it.  All of us produce a certain amount of enzymes that destroys our own bad cholesterol.  However much extra we produce becomes how much we can ingest and unfortunately we can’t measure it.  So I decided I didn’t want to take any chances and you know, I feel great, I lost a bunch of weight”.

Interview link here:

Clinton then said on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight : “We’ve got this explosion of diabetes in America among young people.  For the first time, Type II diabetes is showing up in 9-year-olds and among the Baby Boomers who are retiring.  And together, these things are going to bankrupt us.  It’s a terrible human tragedy, and it’s basically too much sugar going into the body, we can’t process it all.  So if you get rid of these giant, full-of-sugar, drinks and make people have smaller portions, it will help.  I know a lot of people think, ‘Well, this is a nanny state and [Bloomberg is] interfering.’  But these are very serious problems.  It’s like shortening your life and undermining the quality of your life and exploding the cost of our healthcare system.  If you look at the American healthcare system, spending almost 18% of income on healthcare, that’s a big reason people don’t get pay raises.  Small businesses want to give their employees pay raises, but they have to spend it on the health premiums instead.  It’s killing them.  Of the trillion dollars [Americans spend on healthcare], I would say about $200 billion of it is completely related to diabetes and its dependent consequences, which is a function of how we eat.”

As reported by the on June 1 2012.

Posted: Monday 4 June 2012