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Paula Deen needs to back up her apology with action. Her fatty, cholesterol-laden foods have exacerbated the country’s poor health and caused an increase in obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Consuming red meat, fatty cheese and fried food increases the risk of diabetes, which is inextricably linked to other deadly health problems.

Most people might be surprised to learn that diabetes is 66 percent more prevalent in Hispanics and 77 percent more prevalent in African-Americans than in whites. But a low-fat, plant-based diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains can help prevent, reverse and manage diabetes — regardless of race or ethnicity.

As a clinical researcher and dietitian, I hope that Paula Deen, the Food Network, and Smithfield Foods take action to combat the rise of type 2 diabetes by offering healthful, low-fat, plant-based foods and recipes — foods that will help to curb our country’s deadly health problems.


Joseph Gonzales

Staff dietitian

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Washington, D.C.

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