Screen Shot 2012-02-04 at 11.29.04 PMThe recent double whammy news of celebrity chef Paula Deen’s diabetes diagnosis on the same day she began promoting a diabetes treatment as a paid spokesperson for a pharmaceutical company smells like trouble in the kitchen of Agelogy’s anti-aging physician network.

Deen’s prescription of fried chicken and biscuits, cheeseburgers and butter cupcakes are not exactly the recipe for preventing a heart attack, much less diabetes. Add to that her Southern Cooking Bible, chock-full of high-fat recipes that can raise your risk for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, has been named one of the five worst cookbooks of 2011, in a report released by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Ageology Chief Medical Director Dr. Paul Savage makes these points about Paula Deen’s recent news:

  1. Everyone should be able to have fun cooking and eating. It is obvious that Paula Deen had a genuine passion for both; but the key is to enjoy eating and cooking fatty or sugar-rich foods in moderation. If you are getting fat, you are eating too much of the wrong foods and maybe having too much fun in the kitchen.
  2. Treating Type 2 Diabetes is the by-product of eating healthy and exercise daily.

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a major federally funded study of 3,234 people at high risk for diabetes, showed that people can delay and possibly prevent the disease by losing a small amount of weight (5 to 7 percent of total body weight) through 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week and healthier eating.

Recipe for a Heart Attack
Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible
One serving of Hot Buffalo Wings (three wings) contains 910 calories and 85 grams of fat; meat-heavy diets raise obesity risk.

Recipe for Health Attack
150 calories; 4g fat; 0g carbohydrates; 22g protein; 0g fiber
Serving size is 3 wings, 3 tablespoons of dip and 1 celery stalk

Weight Watchers Buggalo Chicken Wings Recipe
Ingredients:

  • 1 spray olive oil cooking spray, or enough to coat sheet
  • 12 oz uncooked skinless chicken wings
  • 1 1/4 oz Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix, or similar product
  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 2 tbsp blue cheese, or gorgonzola, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp fat-free skim milk
  • 4 medium stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Dip wings in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Then, place chicken wings in a zip-close plastic bag, add taco seasoning, seal bag and shake to coat. Transfer wings to prepared baking sheet and bake until cooked through, about 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, to prepare dip, whisk together sour cream, cheese and milk.
  • Serve wings with dip and celery on the side. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Entire recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is 3 wings, 3 tablespoons of dip and 1 celery stalk
Each serving = 3 Points +
PER SERVING: 150 calories; 4g fat; 0g carbohydrates; 22g protein; 0g fiber

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