Former President Bill Clinton touted his vegan diet in the August/September issue of AARP Magazine and urged Americans in an interview to abstain from eating meat products as well, saying it’s good for “your own well-being” and “your country.”
Clinton, who became a vegan three years ago after he had emergency heart surgery and has since lost nearly 30 pounds, said “the way we consume food and what we consume” are driving up health care costs to unaffordable levels.
“You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own well-being, and that of your family and your country,” he added.
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