Thursday, January 19, 2012
Perceived pusher vs. Personal Responsibility
I will say that yes it leaves a bad taste in my mouth that she is partnering with a diabetes company instead of say partnering with her son on his new show that "makes over" her high fat recipes. (Though my feeling is that was very carefully planned to air about the same time that her diabetes news was released and viewers could see that her recipes could be made over. Well, some of them can. I don't call going from Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding to a Fresh Fruit Bread Pudding a makeover, I call it a heavily adapted recipe that tastes nothing like the original but I digress.) That's neither here nor there at this point and I need to say up front I'm not some Paula fan. I think she's fine but I don't watch her show and frankly her down home ya'lls can end up grating if heard for an extended period of time but I feel the need to address that headline..."Paula Deen hid diabetes, pushed high fat."
1) "Paula Deen hid diabetes" Since when is a celebrities health our business? I could understand if she was cooking healthy recipes on camera but in real life eating like crap 80% of the time that people could call her a hypocrite but she has never apologized for the kind of high fat food she prepares. Even then, it's really none of our business. I don't need to know if a chef has high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol issues, etc. It doesn't effect their ability to do their job or whether or not I'm going to make it. Don't they deserve some amount of privacy? I don't buy the whole "they signed up for it when they became a celebrity" crap because I'm sure on their contracts they didn't say "must disclose every aspect of your life including health issues to the public." Now would it be nice if Paula developed a show that focused on eating healthier? Sure. But that's not what she grew up on, it's not her passion and God forbid we should force people to live a passionless life where their jobs are concerned. Think about what you wanted to be when you were little or what you went to school for and how many people are actually in the field they dreamed of? If you are, congrats... unfortunately many aren't. I don't begrudge her living out her dream just because others don't approve of or eat the foods she prepares.
2) "Pushes High Fat Food." Did she go to the grocery, buy the butter, show up on your doorstep, help you prepare the recipe and shove it down your throat? No. Some may call her a "pusher" but there are plenty of other so-called "pushers" in disguise. I looked up super skinny Giada DeLaurentis on Food Network's site and clicked her first popular recipe. Guess what it called for? 9 tbsp of butter, 2 tbsp of olive oil, whole milk, heavy whipping cream and parmesan cheese. I decided to calculate the nutritional info for the Chicken Tetrazzini which is 6-8 servings. I went with 6 servings because let's face it, we're more likely to go for the bigger serving if we're eyeballing it. The nutritional info was 940 cals, 48g of fat, 29g sat fat, 220mg cholesterol, 1679mg of sodium, 62g of carbs and 59g of protein. This recipe was the most popular as voted by users on the Food Network site meaning they CHOSE to look at and possibly prepare the recipe. Then I went over to Paula's page and her most popular recipe as chosen by the people was Chicken and Rice Casserole where the servings are 6-8 for that recipe as well so I calculated 6 servings just like Giada's. The nutritional info for that was 557 cals, 38g of fat, 10g sat fat, 101mg of cholesterol, 923mg of sodium, 18g of carbs and 34g of protein. Paula's recipe, while not low fat, is clearly the healthier of the two as chosen by the people yet I don't hear people calling Giada a "pusher." Is it because she's skinny? I mean that's the only glaring difference between the two chefs is age and weight. So what, the older, heavier chef is a high fat pusher while the skinny, younger chef isn't??
In the end, we ALL have the choice whether or not to put the food we see on TV on our table. Whether it's Paula, Giada or grabbing a Big Mac on the way home because you saw or heard a commercial that enticed you, in the end the responsibility of what you eat or prepare is yours.
This is my own personal opinion on the subject.
I welcome others to share their own opinions in the comments section.
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