Paula Deen and butter go together like, well, high-fat peanut butter and sugar-coated jelly.
Among the Food Network star’s many butter-themed recipes are: butter baked chicken, deep-fried butter balls, and apple butter pie. She even sells butter-flavored lip balm!
So Paula’s recent confession that she has Type 2 diabetes has many people angry over the fact that she has been shilling her unhealthy, artery-clogging recipes for so many years, without ever cautioning that eating a butter-laden diet could cause major health problems.
“Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later,” fellow chef Anthony Bourdain Tweeted after hearing the news that Paula is now endorsing a diabetes medication.
According to US Magazine, however, 64-year-old has no plans to end her love affair with butter and fried foods, despite her illness:
“I will never use a substitute for butter. Margarine is one molecule away from eating plastic,” she said. “If I’m going to eat that type of food, it’s going to be the real deal. There is a good chance that I can cut down on the amount of butter now that I’m aware, but will I cut butter out of my life completely? No. I will take measurements to manage it.”