The medical profession is stepping up to the plate and offering TV chef Paula Deen a way to reverse her type 2 diabetes with a new weapon: A vegan diet.
In an open letter to Deen posted on the group’s website, Susan Levin of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine also takes a swipe at reports that Deen has an endorsement deal for a diabetes drug.
Levin makes an impassioned plea for the TV chef to ditch her artery-clogging dishes for a diet free of animal products. Not only will Deen reverse her diabetes, her pounds will “melt away,” Levin says. Touting the group’s “21-Day Vegan Kickstart” program, Levin says the chef doesn’t have to balk at the absence of meat and cheese.
“Many people who switch to a plant-based diet report a newfound love for food—they feel it encourages them to experiment more and be more creative in the kitchen…. This way of eating is so healthful and so low in fat that you don’t need to worry about counting calories! And unlike diabetes drugs, vegan diets have only positive side effects.”
Levin’s group, which promotes preventive medicine and animal rights, named Deen’s book, “Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible,” as one of the five unhealthiest cookbooks of 2011, citing recipes that raise the risk for diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
The star of the Food Network’s “Paula’s Best Dishes” has had the condition since 2008.
No word yet on whether Deen will take the group up on its offer.