| ||All-natural stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar, safe for children and diabetics, won't harm teeth, and can be used in baking. Known to Native Americans for centuries, now stevia can be used in home kitchens with the help of this guide.
The Stevia Cookbook by Ray Sahelian, M.D., and Donna Gates explains the history of stevia, dealings with the FDA, safety of stevia, use by children, diabetics, for weight loss, and includes numerous recipes. The Stevia Cookbook has had positive reviews in a number of magazines, including Foreword, Booklist, and Library Journal. "The authors bring a wealth of credentials to this well-prepared compendium.... The Stevia Cookook offers sweet and healthy alternatives," says Foreword. "Recipes are easy to follow," adds Booklist. "The Stevia Cookbook contains all you need to know about the safety of various sweeteners and the political and economic controversy surrounding stevia. Best of all is the authors' knowledgeable writing, sweetened with hefty dose of humor," says Taste For Life.
On March 7, 2001 The New York Times published an article on stevia. Stevia's popularity is likely to grow.
What if there were a natural sweetener that:
Was 300 times sweeter than regular sugar, with minimal aftertaste
Had no calories
Was suitable for diabetics
Appropriate for children
Did not cause cavities
Was heat stable and thus could be used for cooking and baking
Was a great alternative to synthetic sweeteners
Easily blended with other sweeteners, such as honey
And already widely and safely consumed in many countries around the world for decades.
Wouldn't you think that you would already know about it? Wouldn't you think that many of our food products would already be sweetened by it instead of artificial sweeteners?
Well, this remarkable, no-calorie sweetener called stevia is, unfortunately, not a household name. It should be. I believe that eventually stevia will be one of the most popular and widely used sweeteners in the world. With the availability of stevia, there seems to be little reason to use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin.