A couple weeks ago Paula Deen, host of Paula’s Home Cooking on the Food Network, announced that she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008. She will now be the spokesperson for Nova Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company that sells healthcare for people suffering from diabetes.
Upon hearing this news, the media has SLAMMED Paula Deen for promoting unhealthy, high-fat recipes while hiding the condition of her illness until she found a way to profit from it. Here are just a few examples:
The Huffington Post said, “Deen’s kitchen has a reputation for the fatty, the buttery and the over-the-top… but will her diagnosis change the way she cooks?”
“A stick of butter in her hands is as much a prop or applause-line (and now a cliché) as an ingredient. It’s a building block in an empire built on indulgence,” said Fox News.
And ABC News announced yesterday that despite Paula Deen’s diagnosis she, “hasn’t apparently changed all that much. TMZ posted a photo of Deen woolfing down a cheeseburger on Monday while on a 7-day Caribbean cruise.”
What I find particularly strange about the media’s focus on Paula Deen’s high-fat food choices is that…
Butter and other types of fat don’t cause diabetes. Sugar Does. Specifically, having too much glucose in your blood and too little insulin to process it. Yes, Paula Deen’s recipes are certainly unhealthy. But it was not the fat in them that gave her diabetes… it was the sugar.
And regardless of your opinion on fat, Paula Deen never promoted her recipes as being healthy. What’s next? Are we going to get mad at people for going shopping when they are secretly in debt? The media does not expect somebody who makes a purchase to be a financial expert, so they should not expect somebody who cooks food to be a nutritionist.
I think Paula said it best when she told Oprah, “Honey, I’m your cook, I’m not your doctor!”