Paula Deen's diabetes solution: lighter gooey butter cake

Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:13pm EST

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LOS ANGELES ( - She may not be able to find a way to make her famous burger on a bun of glazed donuts recipe healthy, but Paula Deen is following up her announcement about being a Type II diabetic by offering up some lighter versions of her butteriest, gooiest Southern dishes.

First up: her Gooey Butter Cake recipe, now available in a lighter version that knocks a whopping 665 calories, 90 grams of carbohydrates and 71 grams of sugar from the original dessert.

The original cake comes in at nearly 1,000 calories per serving, with 99 grams of sugar and 137 grams of carbohydrates. The American Diabetes Association recommends eating between 135-180 carbohydrates -- per day.

Deen, who has launched a "Diabetes in a New Light" campaign with Novo Nordisk, is partnering with her sons and frequent Food Network co-stars, Jamie and Bobby, on her new healthier cooking venture.

Bobby Deen is hosting "Not My Mama's Meals," a new Cooking Channel series in which he makes "Lighter and Leaner Pimento Cheese Sandwiches," "Bobby's Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie" and the aforementioned less-gooey butter cake.

Deen, along with her sons, appeared on ABC's daytime food series "The Chew" to discuss her diabetes and plans for recipe makeovers, but that may not be enough to satisfy some of her most vocal critics.

Fellow chef and reality TV star Anthony Bourdain, who once called Deen the "most dangerous person to America" because of her sugar and fat-laden fare, tweeted on Tuesday, "Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later."

The missive came after Deen's "Today" appearance, in which she confirmed she'd been diagnosed with Type II diabetes three years ago and is now a paid spokesperson for pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk.

Meanwhile, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which named her "Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible" one of the five unhealthiest cookbooks of 2011, issued a public letter to Deen, addressing her Southern cooking and urging her to try a 21-day vegan diet.

"Many people initially balk at the idea of setting aside meat and cheese. But as a native Alabamian who grew up on Southern cooking, I can assure you that Southern classics such as mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese translate very well into hearty, delicious vegan dishes," writes PCRM director of Nutrition education Susan Levin.

(Editing by Chris Michaud)

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Swesty wrote:
Come on, Paula. Own your diabetes! Take responsibility and come up with some delish low carb/low fat recipes for those of us who are trying to lose weight or have diabetes. You can do it! Some famous cook or chef needs to be the first to lead the way into delish, healthy food. Anyone can make yummy food with butter, cream, and lots of carbs. Develop a tv show showing us how to make great tasting healthy foods! Don’t tell us that you haven’t changed your eating style, because you have….you are now managing proportions. That is changing your eating behavior. Don’t be in denial. You’ve got access to great cooks who can help you develop great tasting yummy foods. Pleeeeease do this for us and for yourself. Love you, Paula!

Jan 18, 2012 2:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tutormatt wrote:
Paula Deen, you are the Typhoid Mary of diabetes.

Jan 18, 2012 2:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RobLewis wrote:
Not familiar with Deen, but the British have some good news for her:
(Type 2 diabetes is easily curable in many people with weight loss)

Jan 18, 2012 2:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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