Paula Deen's Recipes
Are Gut-Busters

It's really no wonder that Paula Deen has diabetes — some of her recipes likely have more fat and calories than you need in a day!

Paula Deen's recipes are really fattening

Celebrity chef and butter fanatic Paula Deen finally admitted what many suspected for a while: She has Type 2 diabetes.

"I was determined to share my positive approach and not let diabetes stand in the way of enjoying my life," the 64-year-old Georgia cook said in a release Tuesday.

The surprising thing: She was diagnosed with the disease back in 2008 and continued to shill her ooey gooey recipes chock full of butter, sugar and other artery-clogging ingredients known to cause the disease.

Why did she keep it a secret? To keep her empire alive.

"When Paula was diagnosed with diabetes, I think she was worried that if her secret got out, it would make her look like a hypocrite. Ironically, the very thing that made her rich and famous turned her into a poster child for what could happen if you follow in her footsteps," an insider said.

Her sons have recently introduced "lighter" recipes through their mother's website, but Deen continues to pitch some recipes that could give us diabetes just by looking at them.

Gooey Butter Cake

This cake is exactly what you think it is: A dessert made with eight tablespoons of butter, along with a whole box (!!) of powdered sugar and a whole box of cream cheese.

Paula Deen's Fried Butter Balls

No one should be surprised that Deen has diabetes after reading the recipe for her signature fried butter balls. The recipe calls for two whole sticks of butter, along with cream cheese and peanut oil for frying.

Skillet Fried Apple Pie

Apple pie can be a relatively healthy dessert option if you forego the butter and opt for lower fat ingredients. However, Deen's version of the All-American treat includes buttermilk biscuits, sugar and oil for frying. Yikes!

Wilmington Island Marsh Mud Cake

We'll admit it: This dessert looks super delicious. However, it does nothing for the waistline with a recipe that calls for two cups of sugar and a whole stick of butter.

Mom's Bacon Dressing

You know anything with bacon in the title is going to be fatty. Sure, bacon might be delicious, but it's not exactly good for the heart. This recipe calls for flour, butter, bacon and even sugar for this salad topping.

Here's hoping Deen decides to figure out lower fat versions of these desserts — for both her sake and the sake of her fans' health.

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Comments on "Five Paula Deen recipes that could give you diabetes"

Mac February 04, 2012 | 8:58 PM

The butter has nothing to do with diabetes. Type II diabetes is a sugar metabolism disorder. People who eat sweet potatoes cooked with butter do not get diabetes; the people who eat their sweet potatoes (per per recipes) with 2 CUPS of sugar for sweet potatoes to feed 4 people, they get diabetes. Fats don't make you fat. Carbs -- sugar and flour -- do.

Patti January 31, 2012 | 6:46 AM

This is the only website I've found with comments that are helpful instead of hateful. Thank you to those who have contributed.

Robert.a Jeffers January 28, 2012 | 8:06 AM

It's not the receipe that gives you diabetes. You should do more research

Charlotte Diabetes Nurse Educator January 23, 2012 | 9:35 AM

Eating birthday cake it is a celebration of life. and should not be denied to diabetics. We teach them to incorporate occasional treats into their diets on a weekly basis. Knowing the value of food for energy is the key. Knowing that energy expended to burn calories...keeps us from becoming obese. It is not what you eat that causes diabetes but it is the lack of exercise and the excess weight that results from lifestyle choices that cause the onset of Type2 Diabetes in adulthood. Majority of those with this disease are over 40, fat, and with a family history of same. Please a good example for others...No more extremes....for everyday consumption...Be there for others like yourself who need to modify thier intake, increas exercise and life life to it's fullest. We are rooting for you. Find your message...You do not have to "pay" ..the diabetes organizations to justify your position. Just be yourself..look what you do best...and believe you can change..and also change the lives of others from your platform of influence. Good Luck to you and your you sort this out. God Bless you and give you great clarity and insight to the challenges ahead. There is laughter without food...There is love without...butter. We can figure this out....Go Girl~~~Go.. Charlotte RN, NP, Certified Diabetes Educator

Steve Card January 22, 2012 | 4:55 AM

Yeah her stuff is awesome and ill do it in moderation...

Lynn Wood January 21, 2012 | 4:09 PM

Food does not cause diabetes. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, in which the body attacks and kills the beta cells in the pancreas that manufacture insulin. Type 2 diabetes is genetic. It begins with beta cell dysfunction. While lifestyle choices can contribute to getting Type 2, if you don't have the genes, you're unlikely to get it. Please learn more about diabetes before issuing unfounded "facts." Lynn

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