Paula Deen, the Diabetes Queen

Friday, January 27, 2012

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.

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6 Responses to Paula Deen, the Diabetes Queen

  1. Flatbush says:

    January 28th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I’m a 1st time commenter and I love your attitude and most of your articles. Even though the Paula Deen story in my mind is overblown, to me I have no problem with her pushing her odd recipes. In the end we’re all going to die anyway and if eating foods that aren’t good for you make you happy then go ahead and do it and face the consequences. 

  2. D. Saul Weiner says:

    January 28th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    A relative has also posted about this story on Facebook, falling for the notion that it is the butter which is to blame for Deen’s diabetes, not the sugar and processed vegetable oils. In my response, I included a link to a classic article from the WAPF: http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/why-butter-is-better

  3. Steve says:

    January 28th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I think blaming the cause of diabetes with fat intake is much like blaming capitalism for the actions of state controlled capitalism. The author refuses to isolate any of the elements in the cause of the phenomena and just blurs them all together and subsequently draws a flawed conclusion.

  4. Karen De Coster says:

    January 28th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Saul – I have a blog post on butter coming up. I drink the damn stuff!

  5. M. Terry says:

    January 28th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    My wife wrote in to the local paper after they covered this story – challenging them to review the links she provided to the paleo lifestyle, and address the government’s fraudulent food pyramid du jour.

    Of course the “journalists” (which should now be defined as “stenographers” – as all they tend to do is regurgitate what they’re told, as opposed to performing actual research on a subject) couldn’t be bothered to look up her citations, nor bother to notice that some of the paleo promoters have actually been published in radical, over-the-top magazines like Reader’s Digest.

    The anti-fat people have been at it for decades now – yet people keep getting fatter and contracting diabetes while avoiding fat.

    Yeah – just eat more of those whole-grain Cheerios, eat margarine, and avoid that awful bacon.

    No worries though – diabetes can be controlled by medication, and by eating whole-grain doughnuts with “corn sugar” and whole-grain bread. Just eat half those fries and a smaller portions of mac & “cheese food” and all will be well. Really.

  6. Dave Webb says:

    January 31st, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I feel Paula Dean should be allowed to die of her own ignorance about diabetes II. The medicine she is recommending is very dangerous if Dr. Mercola’s recent article about it is right. Maybe she should read up on bad medicine.
    Mine goes all over the map. If I exercise it nose dives to the low 70s. If I eat, it goes up past 400. 70/30 Insulin helps. Metformin helps with the resistance.
    The insulin puts on pounds if I am not real careful. Anymore, I have to balance exercise with what I eat.
    My readings lead me to believe that the only cure is exercise along with staying away from the modern diet. Real fat is the food we were designed to eat. Sugar is equivalent to poison for a diabetic. Corn isn’t much better.
    I feel that this disease is curable. I feel that money made by the drug industry and money made by the doctors is the main problem. The same with other “incurable” diseases like heart trouble and cancer. Too much money being made by maintenance diseases by our doctors. If I were a doctor, I wouldn’t look forward to my main money makers being cured.
    The only way a cure will be found, is to offer enough rewards to offset the money being made on these diseases.
    Right now, if someone offered a cure, it is likely they will have a “hitman” as a guest very soon. I think these people are little better than gangsters.

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