The rumors have been flying for a long time that Paula Deen, 64, is diabetic. These rumors were finally addressed this week with Paula's admission on the Today show that she does indeed have diabetes. She was diagnosed three years ago, has been taking diabetes medication, but has kept this diagnosis from her fans - something that has upset many of them as she continued to cook her high calorie and fat laden dishes, and write her cookbooks with similar recipes.
In fact, not only is Deen now a Type 2 diabetic, she has teamed up with a drug company (the one that manufactures the drug that she takes) and is part of an ad campaign promoting them and their ways in which to help people manage their diabetes. Some wonder why she waited to announce her condition until she was representing a drug company - would she have kept it quiet if the drug company had not come calling with their large paycheck? Is her publicity machine working overtime so she can bring some attention to her son's new cooking show "Not My Mama's Meals"? Or is it all purely coincidental?
Paula is well known for using a lot of butter in her cooking, and for deep frying almost everything. In her show on The Food Network you watch her taste every single dish she makes, and not small bites either! Now that she has announced her illness, will her show be more health conscious or will she continue to cook as she is used to?
So will Paula be giving up butter and replacing it with margarine, a much healthier alternative? "I will never use a substitute for butter. Margarine is one molecule away from eating plastic." She will take steps, she says, to reduce the amount of butter that she uses, but cut it out completely? It's not on the cards. One thing she has been able to cut out was her favorite beverage - sweet tea. She exercises now and talks about enjoying food "in moderation".
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Read our article: Five ways to lower your risk of diabetes.
Five Diabetic Friendly Recipes:
- Broiled Fish with Orange Almond and Cilantro Salsa
- Spring Chicken Barley Soup
- Spiced Lentils with Black Rice and Chicken
- Tuscan White Bean Salad
- Strawberry Banana Muffins
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