Paula Deen, the Diabetes Queen

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The Paula Deen story has taken several twists, and I have been patient in waiting to comment. Deen shocked the media with her announcement that (1) she had diabetes (is that really a surprise?) (2) she hid that fact from the public, and, (3) she has become a spokeswoman for Novo Nordisk and its diabetes drug, Victoza. Shocking – supposedly.

The media is far too fond of reporting that Paula Deen’s condition was caused by eating too much fat – the same old story. Her love of such food items as butter and heavy whipping cream are “the problem,” according to the ignorant media bobble heads. Yet I find these quotes from an article in the Wall Street Journal quite telling [bold emphasis mine].

Among her recipes: deep-fried cheesecake covered in chocolate and powdered sugar, and a quiche that calls for a pound of bacon.

…Turn to Deen’s collection of recipes on The Food Network’s site and find Grandmother Paul’s fried chicken, with Crisco shortening for frying, or baked French Toast casserole, with two cups of half-and-half and a half-pound of butter. No calorie counts are estimated.

The sugars and breads and fried foods (fried in trans fat-loaded, chemically engineered, hydrogenated vegetable oils) are supposed to represent “fat” to the uneducated reader, however, these items are indicative of carbs and industrial-processed oils, not healthy and natural fat. Even Dr. Oz has helped to promote the Paula Deen pro-diabetes diet so that he could call fat as the scoundrel. This is from his website:

Dr. Oz challenged celebrity chef Paula Deen to transform her favorite dishes by cutting the calories and fat in half. By using low-fat cheese and milk, Paula Deen’s Healthier Mac and Cheese keeps all the cheesy flavor of the original recipe without destroying your diet.

So the message is that pasta and processed cheese doesn’t destroy your diet, unlike the dairy fat. Stating that there is a “healthier mac and cheese” is like saying there is a “healthier rattlesnake poison.” Paula Deen also advocated such bizarre non-foods as deep-fried macaroni cheese bacon bites, where the bacon – not the pasta deep fried in man-made trans fast – became the mortal enemy according to the media and medical establishment.

Additionally, Deen would take real foods such as bacon and beef, and slam those items in between a … doughnut. She was also fond of pushing items like deep-fried cheesecake and macaroni and cheese pies –  “full of cheesy and delicious goodness, from the homemade spicy cheddar cheese crust to the deep-fried mac’n’cheese balls buried inside the mac’n’cheese pie filling.” The low-carb curmudgeon does a good job of weighing in on the perception surrounding Paula Deen’s diabetes conundrum.

I am not going to get into a big tirade here about how stupid people think you can raise your blood sugar by eating a stick of butter. I mean, IF you could finish the stick of butter in the first place (and you must eat it all by itself, no breading or added sugar allowed), this claim is so easy to test. Don’t eat past midnight the day you test this. Get up, don’t eat breakfast, don’t drink anything, and take a fasting blood sugar with a glucose meter. Eat that stick of butter. Shit, eat a tablespoon of it. Eat or drink nothing else for an hour afterward. Test your sugar again. I will be very, very, VERY surprised if your blood sugar has gone up at all. If it has gone up, it probably hasn’t gone up more than ten points, and then I’d be wondering what the hell your liver is doing. (The liver is known to dump sugar into your bloodstream from time to time. See item 8 here.)

In short, Paula Deen is quickly becoming a poster child in the government’s war on fat, or, as Dr. Oz calls it, “artery-clogging saturated fat.” We all should be very afraid of a cardiothoracic surgeon who publicly claims such falsehoods such as fat “clogs in your arteries.” Perhaps the new Paula Deen, Diabetic Queen, can move toward such “diabetes-friendly” recipes as tofu burgers on whole wheat, low-fat Krispy Kreme Donuts, or, better yet, she could stick to American Dietetic Association approved non-foods such as corn syrup sugar, modified corn starch, citric acid, lactic acid, and carnauba wax disguised as “fruit.

6:51 pm on January 27, 2012