Whether or not Paula Deen announces she has Type 2 diabetes on Tuesday, we've found that it's probably a good idea for her to stay away from some of her own dishes. Obviously her calorie-defiant, butter-slathered food dishes have become punchlines for news outlets since the diabetes news broke--and even before the rumors of Deen's possible metabolic disease became a reality, her food was already the muse of many an internet meme and an object of Anthony Bourdain's seething, frothy hate. Based on her treasure trove of recipes and research from the American Diabetes Association, Livestrong and WebMD, we've gone ahead and highlighted some of Deen's diabetes danger foods (foods high in carbs, starches, sugars that wreak havoc on your body's glucose levels and "bad" fats that up the risk of heart disease--a reality for some people living with diabetes) that she should probably avoid ... or at least have in moderation (if there's such a thing as moderation when it comes to a milkshake souped up with eight tablespoons of sugar or a chicken finger-mozzarella stick-french fry sandwich).
What Paula Calls It: The Fat Darrell Sandwich
What It Is: A sandwich featuring layers of chicken fingers (3 per serving), french fries, mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce.
Why It's Bad: The recipe calls for lard and oil for frying the chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks (16 oz. of cheese here), and french fries--the kind of fats the American Diabetes Association frowns upon because of heart disease risk. But there's also a ton of starches and carbohydrates here thanks to the loaves of bread, breaded chicken fingers, and french fries. (Yes, we do know this is a riff of the Rutgers University version)
Cross This Off Too: The Deep-Fried Bagel Sandwich
What Paula Calls It: The Lady's Brunch Burger
What It Is: It's a cheeseburger ... kind of. A cheeseburger topped with bacon, eggs, and crammed between two glazed doughnuts.
Why It's Bad: The carb/sugar combination of the doughnuts. As the ADA points out, carbohydrates raise blood glucose and so does the amount of sugar in a glazed doughnut.
Cross This Off Too: Oven-baked Dutch Apple Pancakes (the processed apple filling)
What Paula Calls It: Deep Fried Lasagna.
What It Is: Deep Fried Lasagna.
Why It's Bad: Not only does it take 6 hours to make this, the dish is loaded with carbohydrates. WebMD notes that balancing carb intake is essential for Type 2 diabetic--breading your lasagna (complete with five different cheeses) and then frying it is probably not encouraged.
Cross These Off Too: The Lasagna Sandwich (the carb/fat ratio), Deep-Fried Mac n Cheese
What Paula Calls It: Vanilla Milkshake
What It Is: Your basic vanilla milkshake with 8 tablespoons of sugar.
Why It's Bad: According to Livestrong.com, a 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream (made with artificial sweetener) contains about 15 grams of carbohydrates and a cup of non-fat milk contains more than 12g of carbs--combined that nearly makes up the recommended 45g-60g of carbs that diabetics should be aiming for. Paula's recipe calls for "quality" vanilla ice cream and judging by the eight tablespoons of sugar--she probably wouldn't smile upon artificial sweetener.
Cross This Off Too: Warm Savannah Peach Cocktail (sugar and alcohol)
What Paula Calls It: Bubba's Country-Fried Steak and Gravy
What It is: Deep-fried, breaded steak.
Why It's Bad: Breading and frying a steak isn't the best idea for diabetics--it mixes carbs and fats. But Deen's recipe also calls for monosodium glutamate--another ingredient diabetics should avoid.
Cross These Off Too: Savannah Sloppy Joes (sugary sauce/fat content), Shrimp-stuffed Potatoes (starch/fat combination)
What Paula Calls It: Deep-Fried Chocolate Pound Cake
What It Is: Exactly what it sounds like.
Why It's Bad: Shortening (1/2 cup) and sugar (3 cups) dominate the chocolate pound cake recipe. And after the cakes are made they're rolled into a mixture of more sugar, cornflakes and deep-fried before being sprinkled in even more powdered sugar.
Cross These Off Too: Paula's Fried Butter Balls, Paula's Deep-Fried Stuffing on a Stick, Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding
Food images via Food Network's website.