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This morning, my husband Joe, had one of those ‘morning shows’ on. I wasn’t really paying attention to it until one of the ‘medical contributors’ made a statement something like “Paula Deen has diabetes from eating butter.”
Butter causes diabetes? It’s not the highly processed donuts and white bread sandwiches (or how about the Ladies Brunch Burger which is a sandwich made out of a donut?), and a generally less than optimal diet prevalent in our society and promoted by our health care experts?
While this is not the clip that I watched this morning, this one also mentions Paula Deen and her use of fried foods, butter and cream. While I would never advocate deep frying in the crisco or (1)peanut oil which Paula Deen uses, butter (and cream) is abundant in health promoting properties.
(2)Butter helps with brain function, provides anti-oxidants, protects from tooth decay, protects against joint stiffness, prevents goiter, protects against gastro-intestinal infections and a whole host of other things. Not to mention it tastes great!
Here is the interview with Al Roker where Paula Deen discusses her diabetes and her new venture as a paid spokesperson for a Type 2 Diabetes drug. Which brings me to an opportunity to link a wonderful article Treating Diabetes: Practical Advice for Combating a Modern Epidemic by Thomas Cowan, MD as opposed to only taking ‘your medicine’ for diabetes (Paula Deen actually says that toward the end of the linked video). In fairness, the doctor that joins in on the linked discussion with Al Roker, does not target butter and cream as the cause of Paula Deen’s diabetes but rather lists certain ‘risk’ factors.
I want to say that I do not make light of Paula Deen having Type 2 Diabetes. What I take issue with is the mainstream promotion that healthy fats, like butter, causes diabetes and the idea of ‘let’s just take a pill or a shot to make everything all better’ instead of attempting to eliminate the issue.
Type 2 Diabetes is something that I pay attention to. My grandma and my dad both had/have Type 2 diabetes. Both lost their eye sight due it, had heart attacks and other issues. My grandma is no longer living but my dad lives daily with the side-effects of diabetes. While my diet is far from perfect, I am very mindful of eating a real/whole/traditional foods diet in order to help prevent falling victim to this degenerative disease for myself and my children.
I would love to link the segment that I watched this morning that got my blood boiling but it does not seem to be available. I believe this is a link to the entire program that our channel was turned to when the snippet came on but it may have been the earlier (crack of dawn) actual newscast on ABC. I really wish I would have been paying better attention.
Does this kind of stuff rile you up as much as it does me?
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(1)Peanut Oil: From Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon Morell page 19 ” Peanut Oil contains 48 percent oleic acid, 18 percent saturated fat and 34 percent omega-6 linoleic acid. Like olive oil, peanut oil is relatively stable and therefore appropriate for stir-fry on occasion. But the high percentage of omega-6 presents a potential danger, so use of peanut oil should be strictly limited.”