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Why Clinton Went Back to Meat

Bill Clinton healed heart disease with a vegan diet, after reading Dr. Esselstyn’s book on reversing heart disease.

In fact, we could say that he went on a super healthy vegan diet too. In one interview, he described his daily eating as something I would endorse as “truly healthy.”

However, after four years on the diet that saved his life, it appears that President Clinton is no longer vegan.

Reports are confusing on the topic.

One article claims that Dr. Hyman convinced Clinton to eat a “Paleo-style” diet instead of his vegan diet, saying that his diet contained “too much starch” and “insufficient protein.”

What I hate about these statements is that they mean nothing.

“Starch” is not food. It’s a component of food, which can be vastly different from each from one food to another! There’s a big difference between white rice and say, sweet potatoes.

As for “insufficient protein,” if that’s someone’s concern, then why not get it from plant foods? There are plenty of ways to do that. In fact, I could show you that if someone wanted to eat 100 grams or even 150 grams of protein from plant foods, it would be super easy to do that, with some diet modifications.

No, all these reasons are not why Bill Clinton started eating meat or fish again.

I think that fear of deficiencies is the reason.

Ever since President Clinton started his vegan diet, he has shown that in spite of the amazing results that he got, there’s a part of him that was afraid that he wouldn’t get the vitamins he needs.

For example:

In one interview, when he had recently started his plant-based diet, he talked about consuming a protein powder containing milk products. Then, Dr. Esselstyn pushed him to drop it, which he apparently did.

In another interview, he mentioned that “[My doctor] asked me to eat organic salmon once a week,” Clinton said. “I do, but I’d just as soon be without it.”

In one interview, we discovered that, “Clinton’s reasoning for including some animal products in his diet is to add back missing nutrients.” Apparently, he eats some eggs and “lean protein.”

Clinton said many times publicly that the vegan diet saved his life.

But I think a part of him wasn’t entirely ready to do it, and then Dr. Hyman might have influenced him to eat some animal products, out of fear of deficiencies.

Let’s Be Clear

There’s only one nutrient that can truly be a problem on a vegan diet: B12.

You can take care of everything else without animal products, including protein, “too much starch,” Vitamin D, and Omega 3 fact.

You don’t need to eat salmon once a week to get your B12. As you might know, salmon (even “organic”) is one of the most contaminated foods there is.

Instead, just make sure that your B12 levels are truly in the healthy zone and you’ll never have to worry about the terrible problems that can come with B12 deficiencies.

To your health,


Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.