Why Southern Food Is Bad for Your Brain

The South is called the Stroke Belt because its residents are more likely to have a stroke than are people in other parts of the country. And now University of Alabama researchers think they know why: It’s all that fried chicken, bacon, ham, pies and sweet tea. The researchers, who presented their results at the International Stroke Conference last week, found that those who ate typical Southern food six times a week had a 41 percent increased risk of stroke …

Paula Deen Gets Healthy, Sheds 30 Pounds

The secret to losing weight? Getting paid millions to be the public (non-pudgy) face of a diabetes drug campaign. Evidently, that has worked for celebrity chef Paula Deen, doyenne of Southern fried everything, who has lost 30 pounds since revealing six months ago  she had Type 2 diabetes and would be promoting a new diabetes drug. You can see her newly svelte self on the cover of People magazine on Friday. Since sharing her diabetes diagnosis, she tells People magazine …

Paula Deen’s Diabetes: Inspirational or Hypocritical?

For three years, celebrity chef Paula Deen — the high priestess of the “add more butter” school of cooking — has kept quiet about her Type 2 diabetes, while still urging people to make the kind of high-fat, high-calorie food that can lead to obesity, a risk factor for…..Type 2 diabetes. Except apparently she’s had a change of heart, going public about her disease now that she’s just signed a lucrative endorsement contract with diabetes drugmaker Novo Nordisk, the company …