Issue Date: May 14, 2007
Regarding the article "Sweetener Wars," McNeil's claim that Splenda is "made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar," is not just misleading, it is just plain wrong (C&EN, April 16, page 12). It is a non sequitur. The fact that something is made from sugar certainly does not mean that it will taste like sugar. For example, sucrose octa-acetate has a bitter taste. I am confident that other examples can also be found.
Richard V. Cartwright
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