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PETA to Paula Deen: Go Vegan, Y’all!

Written by Alisa Mullins | January 17, 2012

After Food Network star Paula Deen revealed that she has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is now going to plug pharmaceuticals, PETA wrote to the queen of southern cuisine and urged her to trade in her chitlins for chickpeas. The side effects of a vegan diet are glowing skin, more stamina, and a slimmer figure. The side effects of taking drugs? Well, listen to the TV spots and count ’em!

In our letter, we pointed out that numerous studies have found that adopting a vegan diet can reduce or even eliminate the need for diabetes medications and reduces the risk of developing the disease in the first place. A groundbreaking study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that 43 percent of people with type 2 diabetes who ate a low-fat vegan diet were able to reduce their medications, compared to only 26 percent of those who followed the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with diabetes, check out Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes and also order one of our free vegetarian/vegan starter kits, which we’ve sent to Paula Deen along with a copy of Sir Paul McCartney’s Glass Walls DVD. Who knows—maybe the girl from Georgia could team up with the boy from Liverpool to devise a “wild honey pie” suitable for diabetics and vegans.

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  • Mercy for Animals says:

    This is great, and would be extremely beneficial for her condition. I think Paula Deen could come up with some incredible vegan recipes! Not only does the vegan diet do wonders for one’s health, but it promotes cruel free living, saving thousands of innocent animals lives.

  • Starson says:

    I’m sad for Paula, but not all that surprised. Maybe she should look into a healthier diet to treat her diabetes instead of drugs? There’s lots of interesting information available at this noncommercial, science based site ( To quote the good doctor: “It is too bad Paula Deen missed this opportunity” to tell her fans “that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, managed, treated, and even cured”. Read more at

  • Kate says:

    After reading Dr. Barnard’s book and putting into practice, my husband’s glucose readings per glucometer where down from 150’s and 160’s to 90 and 110’s. A vegan diet is a very powerful weapon against Type II diabetes. Dr. Barnard’s book explains in detail the correlation between fat and insulin resistance. If you or someone you love has diabetes, don’t waste another minute. Read this book!

  • francie says:

    I’ll believe that as soon as I see her ditch the chinchilla coat!!! Shame on her !

  • Rev. Meg says:

    I watched one of Paula Deen’s shows and even though I am a sugar addict (I have given up a lot of sugar in order to get my own diabetes under control) I blanched at the amount of sugar I saw going into whatever she was preparing. My favorite munchie these days is raw carrots!

  • chef jim says:

    Ursula, sugar and fat (butter) linked unequivocally to diabetes. Go to and take a look at the studies! You’ll be glad you did.

  • Kim says:

    Ursula needs to see forks over knives. 🙂

  • Brian Greenberg says:

    It would be incredible to see Paula Deen become a vegan! I’m sure Anthony Bourdain would have nothing but wonderful things to say about such a move. This could be the beginning of a huge shift in society.

  • madhu says:

    Absolutely! Go Veg y’all and ditch the crap Deen “sells” on TV. All the more hypocritical is the fact that she promotes a dangerous drug (see warning labels on Novo’s drug)and you would rather change than eat the crap doled out by Deen and her promoters

  • Ursula says:

    Good grief, meat does not cause diabetes, processed grains and sugars do. Your body does not metabolize proteins and sugars in the same manner. I have no idea what a vegan diet has to do with diabetes.