The Boyfriend got his Reader's Digest in the mail this week. Yes, we're that old.
Anyway, there's an ad for Victoza, a diabetes med, that features Paula Deen. In the ad, it mentions that the once-daily injectible can cause (among other things) thyroid tumors, thyroid cancer and pancreatitis. Sounds great...
Literally only 8 pages later, there's a 2 page Q&A with a couple of "health experts" the first of whom is a registered dietician and certified diabetes instructor. The other (Campbell) is president of health care and education at the American Diabetes Association. You're gonna love this:
Q: Paula Deen adds butter by the stick to her meals. Did she get dabetes because of her diet?
A: "Deen's recipes are high in saturated fat, which triggers inflammation and can lead to insulin resistance. But the way she cooks is not the only reason she developed the disease... Many hereditary and lifestyle factors - high cholesterol or blood pressure, inactivity, and family history - can raise your chances." Campbell adds "People with diabetes should get less than 7% of calories from saturated fat, or about 15 grams per day (one tablespoon of butter has about 7 grams)."
Q: I read that Deen ditched her staple sweet tea after her diagnosis. Is that because sugar causes diabetes?
A: "Sugar doesn't 'give' you diabetes, but there's one caveat: A study presented at the American Heart Association Scentific Sessions last year found that women who drank 2 or more sugary drinks a day, even if they were a normal weight, were more likely to develop abnormal levels of fasting glucose - a sign of diabetes. 'Liquid sugar may work differently from other sugar' explains Campbell. 'It seems to start a cycle that increases visceral fat, which can lead to metabolic syndrome, a precursor to type 2 diabetes.' Be mindful of how many sugar beverages you sip, especially if you have other diabetes risk factors, advises Campbell."
Q: Preaching portion control, Deen has said "It's not what you're eating but how much." So I can enjoy whatever I want, if I only have a little?
A: " 'As a dietician, I'm trained to tell you there's no food you can never eat' says Campbell. 'While that's true, you can't eat whatever you want, whenever you want - even if it's only a little. So if you want fried chicken or mac and cheese, you can have a small portion of it, but not often.' Most other times, it's important to make healthy choices and balance nutrients. An easy way to do that: Divide your plate into sections. Fill half with vegetables (such as leafy greens, tomatoes and carrots), use a quarter for healthy carb (whole-grain pasta or rice) and add lean protein (chicken, sirloin or fish) to the remaining quarter. Finish with a piece of fresh fruit."
While I don't think the plate idea is too terrible, assuming you DON'T eat the whole-grain pasta, and I get that liquid sugar is sneaky as hell because you get even less of the "satiated" feel after all of the calories, seriously... the rest of the article is utter horse pucky. They also mention that Paula has cheat days once a week (rice and gravy, country-fried steak, butter bean soup and mac and cheese) and has "made healthy swaps" by eating whole-grain pasta "to reduce fat". That's supposedly how she has gotten leaner and made progress in her fight against diabetes.