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The ultimate guide to sugars and sweeteners : discover the taste, use, nutrition, science, and lore of everything from agave nectar to xylitol
Barclay, Alan W., author.
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New York, NY : The Experiment, LLC, [2014]
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viii, 279 pages ; 21 cm
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TP421 .B37 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Whether you're a healthcare provider, a chef, or simply a foodie, you'll find The Ultimate Guide to Sugars and Sweetener s an accurate and complete resource."--Hope Warshaw, MMSC, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, best-selling author of The Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible and Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy

An all-in-one reference to sugars and sweeteners--for any sweet-toothed consumer who also craves the facts

Today, supermarkets and natural food stores feature a bewildering variety of sugars and alternative sweeteners. The deluge of conflicting information doesn't help. If choosing a sweetener leaves you scratching your head, this handy guide will answer all of your questions--even the ones you didn't know to ask: Which sweeteners perform well in baking? Will the kids notice if I sub in stevia? What's the best pick if I'm watching my waistline, blood sugar, or environmental impact? Are any of them really superfoods . . . or toxic? Perfect for foodies, bakers, carb counters, parents, chefs, and clinicians, this delightfully readable book features more than 180 alphabetical entries on natural and artificial sweeteners, including the usual suspects (table sugar, honey), the controversial (aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup), the hyped (coconut sugar, monk fruit sweetener), and the unfamiliar (Chinese rock sugar, isomaltulose). You'll also find myth-busting Q&As, intriguing trivia, side-by-side comparisons of how sweeteners perform in classic baked goods, and info on food-additive regulations, dental health, the glycemic index, and more. Your sweet tooth is in for a real education!

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This encyclopedia provides easy-to-understand health information in a handy size for carrying along while food shopping; it even offers an accompanying website at to serve up the latest research and stories. The authors (two professional dieticians and a writer/editor specializing in nutrition) want people to understand the differences between sugars and sweeteners, and their many nutritive versus non-nutritive varieties. The volume defines acronyms; identifies US, UK, Australian, and New Zealand food-standards agencies; discusses measuring and counting; and tries to explain the glycemic index and why it matters. The longer of some 185 alphabetical entries feature "At a Glance" basics on a substance's nutrition, calories, sweetness relative to sucrose, and health effects. Interspersed are "Buzz Notes" with bits of history, lore, science, ethnography, or botany, while Q&A sections highlight common misconceptions and interesting facts. Helpful cross-references are in bold with red arrows, a somewhat distracting device (which, along with the red headings throughout, may be a disadvantage to color-blind readers). Part 2 discusses health issues related to calorie intake from sugars and sweeteners. Part 3 offers a test-kitchen cookie and muffin recipe, examining how different sugars and sweeteners affect taste, appearance, calorie content, glycemic index, and more. The indexing is solid, references appear in detailed notes, and an appendix listing non-nutritive sweeteners is highly informative. This work provides a wealth of nutritional facts to benefit everyone, especially those wanting to explore alternative forms of sweetness. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic audiences; culinary program students; nutritionists; general readers. --Beth C. Thomsett-Scott, University of North Texas