In a recent interview, former President Bill Clinton revealed that he's switched to a mostly vegan/vegetarian diet (according to Ecorazzi, it's vegan except for an occasional fish dish).
No doubt Clinton had hoped to get more press for the start of the Clinton Global Initiative conference starting today in New York City, but his diet comments are capturing the attention.
He said that 82% of people following a strict vegetarian diet that avoided all animal cholesterol reduced plaques in their arteries and other heart-stressing indicators. It appears he was referencing a widely referenced fact from a 2007 study by Dr. Ornish of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute that showed reductions in heart and artery plaques in people who followed a strict diet and who exercised (among other things, like reducing stress and quitting smoking) for five years.
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Then, check out what Clinton had to say:
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