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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Will you still use Paula Deen's recipes?