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What Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump eat

Hot sauce and McDonald's hamburgers, anyone?

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We’ve heard a lot about emails and tax returns from the two major presidential candidates this election year, but what about their food and exercise habits?

What do the candidates eat and how do they keep physically active?

Donald Trump at 70 would be the oldest president ever elected, while Hillary Clinton at 69 would be the second oldest, after Ronald Reagan.

Here is some of what we know:

Donald Trump

  • Trump does not hide his love for fast food from Wendy’s, McDonald’s and similar restaurants. “It’s great stuff,” he’s quoted in the Washington Post. A major appeal for him is the cleanliness of the restaurant chains. “One bad hamburger and you can destroy McDonald’s,” he explained to CNN.
  • Breakfast is his least favorite meal. “My big thing is dinner,” he told Fox News. A well-done steak, pasta and potatoes are his first choice.
  • Trump doesn’t drink alcohol. Seeing his older brother Fred suffering from alcoholism and dying at 43 led him to avoid ever trying alcohol or cigarettes, he told the New York Times.
  • Trump prides himself on sleeping only three or four hours each night. How can someone who sleeps a lot more than that compete with him, he asked the New York Daily News.
  • “I don’t have much time for exercising,” he told a Bloomberg news program. “I play golf, I play tennis, I love sports.”
  • Trump’s medical summary disclosed that he’s 6’3” tall and weighs 236 pounds. That’s 4 pounds short of being diagnosed as obese.

 

Hillary Clinton

  • “She eats a diet rich in lean protein, vegetables and fruits,” Clinton’s physician wrote in a summary of the candidate’s health. Soy-based Boca Burgers are one of her favorites.
  • She does not follow her husband Bill Clinton’s diet which she calls “vegan-ish”
  • Clinton carries a bottle of hot sauce in her purse. Her favorite: Ninja Squirrel Sriracha hot sauce from Whole Foods, according to the Washington Post.
  • As a Senator from New York and then Secretary of State, she kept apples in her office as snacks.
  • Clinton can “sleep on command,” she revealed to television host Jimmy Fallon and takes 10-minute naps when she can.
  • “She exercises regularly, including yoga, swimming, walking and weight training,” according to her physician. Her medical summary did not specify her weight.


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