Paula Deen says she hasn’t had a glass of sweet tea in years, but that diabetes will not keep her from using butter.
The Savannah chef and cookbook author, who has gone public with a type II diabetes diagnosis and will now become the endorser for a diabetes drug, said she is taking steps to improve her health. Giving up butter is not one of them.
“I will never use a substitute for butter,” she told Parade.com following her much-anticipated announcement that she does have diabetes. “Margarine is one molecule away from eating plastic.”
She says she will cut back, “but will I cut butter out of my life completely? No. I will take measurements to manage it.”
Sugar, of course, is the bigger issue in the case of a type II diabetes diagnosis. Deen says she has taken major steps to cut down on sugar.
“The first thing I did was give up sweet tea because I drank so much,” she told Parade. “I’d start drinking at lunchtime and wouldn’t set it down until I went to bed. When you calculate how much empty calories and how much sugar I was consuming, it was staggering. So I haven’t had a glass of sweet tea in three years.
Parade asked what Deen’s biggest fear about going public with her health condition was.
Answer: “My biggest fear was people expecting too much out of me, more than I could possibly give. And that my life was going to have to change so drastically that I wouldn’t want to hop out of bed every morning loving life. That the pleasure was going to be taken away from me. I think that was probably my biggest fear.”
As for her response to critics: “I understand that there’s going to be some negative conversation, but that’s all right. I’ve had to face many obstacles in my life and my concern is more for people out there that need the hope, the help, and the encouragement. They’re more important to me than the haters or the naysayers.”
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