Former president goes vegan

So Burger Bill has become an herbivore. Good luck with that, Mr. President.

After a series of heart scares over the years, formerly tubby former president Bill Clinton now says he's pledging allegiance to a strict vegan diet.

Actually, he says he is a vegan -- but, like another situation I can think of, it depends on what your definition of "is" is... because when he first began boasting of his emerging "vegetarianism" last year, he admitted to still eating fish.

It's nice to see his relationship with honesty remains intact.

In reality, the heart problems that led to a quadruple bypass back in 2004 and a number of cardiovascular scares since weren't caused by meat -- they were caused by all the other crap President JFK (Junk Food Kid) was known for inhaling.

This is the same man who used to stop at McDonald's while jogging through Little Rock -- a habit that got him lampooned on "Saturday Night Live" -- and the same man who made sure Twinkies were included in the National Millennium Time Capsule.

But in recent years, Clinton has impeached the snacks and lost plenty of weight -- first by going on a modified version of the low-carb diet, and now by giving up meats altogether.

Well, except for maybe fish.

And if he manages to (mostly) stick to his newfound vegan faith, those cheating moments with seafood might be the only things that keep him alive -- because as I've told you before, this isn't a healthy lifestyle.

It's a diet of death.

Vegans miss out on some of the most essential nutrients the human body needs, including omega 3 fatty acids, crucial B vitamins, zinc and iron. They also have higher levels of the dangerous inflammation marker homocysteine and lower levels of HDL cholesterol -- the stuff even the mainstream calls "good."

One study earlier this year confirmed that it quickly adds up to a risk of hardened arteries and blood clots. That means folks like Bill Clinton who make the switch face a HIGHER risk of keeling over from a heart attack or stroke -- not a lower one.

If that's not bad enough, a vegan diet can also make you moody and irritable -- but Bill doesn't need a diet to do that to him.

I suspect being married to Hillary has the same effect.