Thursday, July 15th 2004

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Winston LC: Low-Carb Cigarette (Strange But True)

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - Hoping to bolster flagging sales of its beleaguered product, RJ Reynolds announced Thursday that it would begin limited test marketing of a low-carb cigarette. "Of course, low-carb doesn't mean a healthy cigarette, cigarette smoke is still poisonous, still shouldn't smoke if you're pregnant, yada, yada, yada, but if you're going to smoke anyway, you might as well do it the Atkins-Approved way!" said Marketing Director Keith Dunn.

"The carbs in a typical cigarette are carried in the paper, not the tobacco," explained RJR researcher Thor Larsnedll, "So our task was to develop papers that have the same crisp crinkle as normal papers, but without the carbs. It was daunting, but we believe our solution is the best compromise." Reports indicate that the Winston LC papers have 1/4 the carbohydrates of a Marlboro.

"There couldn't be a bigger non-issue. Low-carb? What about sugar? They're probably low on that, too. Or watermelon? I guess my point is that there's so little to start with, what difference does it make to reduce it?" asked anti-tobacco lobbyist Tiffany McElheny, "I wonder how much poison they could have worked out of the mix if they had concentrated their efforts on that, instead of this fad-driven frivolity!"

RJR may have stepped prematurely into the Atkins world. "My late husband didn't smoke a day in his life," said Charles Atkins' widow, and now director of the Atkins Approved Program(r), "And I'm certain he wouldn't want his name -- associated with health and fitness the world over -- used to hawk those coffin nails." Mrs. Atkins has asked for a temporary injunction barring RJR from selling the cigarettes with the Atkins Approved label, and is suing the company for damages to the Atkins reputation.

"We're just trying to make a cigarette that the health-conscious public can enjoy, too," lamented Dunn, "Is that such a bad thing?"

Low Carb Sugar Free Maple Flavored Syrup
Makes approximately 12 servings

Notable: Steviva Blend works extremely well in making low carb sugar free syrups and sauces. I cooks, carmelizes, crystallizes and bakes just like sugar.

1 cup unsweetened apple juice
2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons Steviva Blend or equivalent
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine apple juice and cornstarch in small saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat, stir in margarine, Steviva Blend or equivalent, maple flavoring and vanilla. Serve over low carb, whole grain pancakes, waffles or French toast.

Carbohydrates per Serving : 2.32 - Carbohydrates per Serving minus Fiber: 2.32

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