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The stevia cookbook
Sahelian, Ray.
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Garden City Park, N.Y. : Avery, [1999]

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xii, 171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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TX819.S75 S24 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Enjoy sugar-free versions of your favorite dishes without the guilt, the calories, or the health risks.

Derived from a South American plant and widely available in the United States, stevia is an all-natural, calorie-free sweetener that is three hundred times sweeter than sugar, suitable for diabetics, safe for children, and does not cause cavities. The Stevia Cookbook includes documented studies and testimonials, as well as more than one hundred recipes for satisfying entrées, hearty side dishes, and sinfully sweet desserts.

Author Notes

Ray Sahelian, MD, obtained a bachelor's degree in nutrition from Drexel University, and completed his degree in medicine at the Thomas Jefferson Medical School. An internationally recognized physician and medical writer, Dr. Sahelian reveals the most current information on cutting-edge nutrients, herbs, and hormones. He has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs and has been cited by prestigious magazines and newspapers. Dr. Sahelian is also the best-selling author of many books, including Creatine; Melatonin; DHEA; Pregnenolone; 5-HTP; Saw Palmetto; Kava; Coenzyme Q10; Glucosamine and The Common Cold Cure.
Donna Gates, MEd, is a widely acclaimed nutritional consultant, lecturer, and author. Combining the best of modern medical science, ancient Chinese medicine, and naturopathy, Ms. Gates' many years of study and first-hand experience have given her keen insight into a broad array of today's health problems. She is the author of The Body Ecology, The Magic of Kefir, and The Stevia Story.

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Booklist Review

The Food and Drug Administration has granted approval to stevia, a novel plant-derived sweetener that adds no calories to food. The stevia plant originated in Paraguay, and locals noted the intense sweetness of its leaves. Its fame spread abroad, and now it has begun appearing in American health food stores. For diabetics, in particular, stevia promises to improve the taste of sweet products without any of sugar's ill effects. Stevia's ability to withstand heat without breaking down gives it an advantage over aspartame, the currently popular sugar substitute. Baked goods made with stevia may lack sugar's browning properties, but they still allow dieters eschewing sugar to enjoy sweet-tasting muffins, cakes, cookies, and pies. Recipes are easy to follow, but they often call for other products available only in health food markets. --Mark Knoblauch

Publisher's Weekly Review

What is stevia? It?s an ?all-natural sweetener? that?s ?200 to 300 times sweeter than regular sugar? and ?suitable for diabetics.? The FDA banned its import as a sweetener in 1991, and to this day allows it into the country only as a ?dietary supplement.? Sahelian (Natural Sex Boosters) here teams up with longtime stevia advocate Gates (The Body Ecology Diet) to advocate for the South American plant?s sweetening properties. Among the short chapters that begin the book are detailed descriptions of stevia?s chemical composition and probable effects on the metabolism and of Gates?s dealings with the FDA in trying to get stevia recognized as a safe sweetener. The heart of the book comprises more than 100 sugar-free, stevia-sweetened recipes, for everything from Autumn Apple Crepes to Sweet Spaghetti Squash. A resource list and bibliography round out this introduction to a below-the-radar alternative, which Sahelian and Gates say can play a role in dealing with diabetes, weight issues, hypertension and even cavities. (June 17) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 The Story of Stevia
1. Donna's Story--Dealings With the FDAp. 7
2. The Super Sweetenerp. 13
3. How Safe Are Sweeteners?p. 23
4. The Many Faces of Steviap. 35
5. Staying Healthy the Stevia Wayp. 41
6. Cooking With Steviap. 49
Part 2 So Long, Sugar--Favorite Stevia Recipes
Stevia Sunrise Breakfastsp. 59
Salads and Dressingsp. 71
Satisfying Entrees and Side Dishesp. 85
Sauces, Frostings, and Other Toppingsp. 99
Heavenly Cakes and Piesp. 107
Homestyle Cookies, Candy, and Ice Creamp. 121
Luscious Custards, Puddings, and Fruit Treatsp. 139
Sweet Drinks Are Made of Thesep. 149
Resource Listp. 157
Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 165