Did you know that former US President Bill Clinton is now a vegan? Having had quadruple heart bypass surgery, he adopted a vegan diet recommended by heart expert Dr Caldwell B Esseltyn and has made an impressive recovery.

Dr Esseltyn has been researching the impact of diet on people with advanced heart disease for 20 years and has found significant results from a regime free of oil and animal products. Here are the essentials:

No, no, no…

  • Meat, poultry and fish (nothing with a mother or a face, he says!)
  • Dairy products
  • Oil of any kind (not a drop, not even olive oil)
  • Nuts or avocados

Yes, yes, yes…

  • All vegetables, except avocados
  • All pulses – beans, peas, lentils of all kinds
  • Whole grains, and products made from them (e.g. bread, pasta) so long as there is no added fat
  • All fruits

Reference: Love Heart, article by Juliet Gellatley

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