MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A month after being widely criticized for revealing she has diabetes, Paula Deen says she’s ready to show a lighter side to her famously fatty Southern-style cooking. Just don’t expect her to swear off butter.
“I am who I am. But what I will be doing is offering up lighter versions of my recipes,” the longtime Food Network star said.
The network did not immediately respond to questions.
Last month, Deen drew the ire of many in the health and culinary worlds when she announced that nearly three years earlier, she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. About 23 million Americans are thought to have the condition, which is blamed in part on obesity.
During those years, she continued to promote her butter- and bacon-laden cooking on television and in books and magazines, and to profit from lucrative endorsement deals with companies such as Smithfield ham and Philadelphia Cream Cheese.