Much is being made of Bill Clinton’s new vegan diet, which he’s adopted for health reasons (as opposed to ethical ones). He says he’s cut out all red meat, chicken, and dairy products and now eats primarily beans, fruits, and vegetables.
I have no doubt that Clinton’s new regime is a far sight healthier than the burger-and-fries binges of yore. But let’s be clear: it’s not the absence of meat or dairy products that makes this a healthy diet. It’s the absence of fried foods, starches, and sugar (all of which could be vegan).
Hey, I support anyone who chooses to eliminate animal products from their diet (for whatever reason). And I certainly support anyone who wants to cut out French fries and eat more vegetables!! I just want to remind everyone that a diet can be heart-healthy without being vegan (and vice versa!).
As I wrote in “Should You Be A Vegetarian?“:
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-eater, your diet will only be as healthy as you make it. And the rules are basically the same for everyone. Here they are:
- Don’t eat too much. No matter what kind of foods you do or don’t eat, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a balanced and varied diet that meets your nutritional needs.
- Eat your fruits and vegetables.
- Limit your consumption of processed foods, which tend to be high in sugar and salt.
See also: Can a Vegetarian Diet Cure Arthritis?