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by KindMeal.my, 31 May 2014

Late last year, it was revealed that former vice president Al Gore had transitioned to a vegan diet.

The 65-year-old's decision to embrace veganism wasn't as much a surprise as it was long expected. For years, Gore has admitted the giant link between industrial livestock and dangerous emissions that contribute to climate change.

"I'm not a vegetarian, but I have cut back sharply on the meat that I eat," he told ABC in 2009. "It's absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of diets around the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis – not only because of the CO2 involved, but also because of the water consumed in the process. You could add in the health consequences as well."

An anonymous source close to Gore confirmed his vegan diet to the Washington Post, adding that he had "made the decision months ago." In a new interview with Dr. Eric J. Topol of MedScape, he finally explains why:

"Over a year ago I changed my diet to a vegan diet, really just to experiment to see what it was like," he says. "And I felt better, so I continued with it. Now, for many people, that choice is connected to environmental ethics and health issues and all that stuff, but I just wanted to try it to see what it was like. In a visceral way, I felt better, so I've continued with it and I'm likely to continue it for the rest of my life."

Former President Bill Clinton, with whom Gore served in the White House, has been a vegan for more than three years. Clinton said he switched after a scathing email from his doctor after his 2004 quadruple-bypass heart surgery.

"I just decided that I was the high-risk person, and I didn't want to fool with this anymore. And I wanted to live to be a grandfather," Clinton said. "So I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival.

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