Trump is ‘not eating’ veggies as he seeks to ‘reclaim’ the country’s diet
The Republican presidential nominee has said he will not eat anything but ‘vegetarian’ and a campaign aide said he is ‘looking for new ideas.’
But as the election approaches, the campaign is also trying to promote a more healthful diet.
The Trump campaign said Thursday that the candidate is ‘trying to re-establish the American diet and it’s really a very complicated process.’
The Trump team has also released new dietary guidelines to help guide people in making healthier choices.
‘Trump’s focus right now is to regain the American Dream,’ the campaign said in a statement.
The guidelines outline the ‘essential ingredients’ of a ‘healthy diet’ and recommend that people eat less processed foods, including sugary cereals, sugary snacks, and sugars.
It also recommends consuming more plant-based foods, such as soybeans, nuts, and legumes.
The campaign said it is working with the Food and Drug Administration to make the guidelines available online and on TV.
The Republican candidate, who has long called himself a ‘natural foodie,’ is also seeking to make healthier choices for his supporters, including cutting back on sodium and saturated fat.
The New York Times reported earlier this week that Trump had changed his diet to one of ‘a very, very low-sodium, very-saturated fat diet,’ but the Trump campaign disputed that account.
The new campaign nutrition guidelines are a first step, the Trump team said, adding that ‘it is only a beginning and we will continue to work on our new diet.’
In addition to a new diet, the new campaign guidelines include a new ‘Make It Healthy’ initiative that encourages people to eat more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and beans, and to drink plenty of water.
The campaigns’ efforts come amid a national health crisis of childhood obesity, as more people are expected to be obese by 2025.
The obesity epidemic has prompted a number of public health campaigns to try to boost people’s health.
Last week, the White House launched the #HealthyWeird campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the health risks of obesity.
The White House said in March that the Trump administration is working to help people cut back on sugar, salt, and sugar-sweetened beverages, and is exploring ways to boost the consumption of plant-like foods such as hemp and soybeans.
Trump’s campaign team says it will be a ‘long, arduous, and rewarding campaign’ to win the presidency, but said in the statement that he will ‘never, ever’ cut back the use of meat and dairy products, as he has previously said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.