Bill Clinton now a vegan

Former US President Bill Clinton now considers himself a vegan, a far cry from his eating habits when he first reached the White House.

Back then, he loved foods such as steaks, chicken enchiladas, hamburgers, French fries and braai. He says he now consumes no meat, no dairy, no eggs, and almost no oil. His diet consists of healthy fare such as vegetables, fruits and beans, according to CNN.

Clinton says he's healthier than ever, has more energy and his goal is to slim down to 84kg, what he weighed when he was 13.

Healthy diet for the White House

Clinton's road to better eating began in 1993 when first lady Hillary Clinton decided the White House needed a healthier menu. That led to new menu items such as soy burgers, salmon with vegetables and stir fry vegetables with tofu.

Since then, it's been an up and down food and weight battle for Clinton, who underwent a quadruple bypass in 2004. After undergoing angioplasty last year to open one of the veins from his bypass procedure, Clinton decided to avoid any food that could damage his blood vessels, CNN reported.

 (HealthDay News, August 2011)

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