I’ll give the Fat Head blog credit for this, but most of it comes from the AARP article Naughton cites. Also, I want to point out that Bill Clinton is a hypocrite and a liar, and is causing harm to people by claiming he’s something he’s not. It’s on par with Jenny McCarthy claiming vaccines cause autism; they don’t, it’s a lie.
Let’s break this down quickly.
So at first we have:
The former president is now a devoted vegan, meaning no meat, fish or dairy products, and he has pursued a healthier way of life for more than three years.
And then we see that Clinton’s gone full Veg by reading more militant vegans:
Prodded into action, Clinton started by rereading Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, which urges a strict, low-fat, plant-based regimen, along with two books that were, if possible, even more militantly vegan: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., and The China Study, by Cornell biochemist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. (When I suffered a heart attack in late November 2010, Clinton sent me all three books.)
But Esselstyn relays something VERY important:
When Caldwell Esselstyn spotted a picture of [Bill Clinton] on the Internet, eating a dinner roll at a banquet, the renowned doctor dispatched a sharply worded email message: “I’ll remind you one more time, I’ve treated a lot of vegans for heart disease.”
Tom Naughton rightfully makes a big deal out of this statement.
Then we have:
The former president has a tip for those who crave starchy food: “You can make whipped cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes, and it’s great.”
You’re a vegan, mashed potatoes are part of your thing now… right?
Once a week or so, [Bill Clinton] will have a helping of organic salmon or an omelet made with omega-3-fortified eggs, to maintain iron, zinc and muscle mass.
Billy Jeff, you piece of shit: you aren’t vegan, you’re paleo, aka eating a good human diet of low-processed whole foods. YOU ARE NOT VEGAN, STOP LYING.
Tom Naughton sums this up nicely:
So what we’ve got is a formerly overweight president who eats a lot of vegetables, fruit, nuts and legumes, doesn’t consume white flour, recommends whipped cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes, and eats salmon and eggs now and then to maintain his muscle mass.
And it’s giving up meat and dairy that made him healthier? I don’t think so.