(Diabetes in a New Light)

The Southern restaurateur and cookbook author is a new spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, the pharmaceutical company that supplies her diabetes medication. Deen and her sons, Bobby and Jamie Deen, will be working on the Diabetes in a New Light initiative, which will include diabetes-friendly recipes and tips.

“I’m here today to let the world know it is not a death sentence,” Deen said.

Asked whether she would be changing her cooking, Deen stressed that she has always encouraged moderation.

“On my show I share with you all these yummy, fattening recipes. But I tell people ‘in moderation,’ ” she said. “You can have that little piece of pie.”

Deen’s cookbook, “Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible,” made it onto the worst cookbooks list of 2011 compiled by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The nonprofit group, which promotes preventive medicine and conducts clinical research, cites a recipe for Hot Buffalo Wings as one of its worst offenders, with 910 calories and 85 grams of fat per serving.

“The high-fat meals in these cookbooks are real recipes for disaster,” says Susan Levin, PCRM’s nutrition education director, in a news release. “It’s scary that despite all that we know about the close link between high-fat foods and obesity and diabetes, cooks like Paula Deen continue to tout unhealthy meals. The real key to healthful eating is moving away from high-fat, meaty meals that increase the risk of these diseases.”

Cookbooks by Food Network chefs Jamie Oliver and Guy Fieri also made the list.

Watch the video from Paula Deen’s appearance on “Today” below.

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