Bitter Sweet | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 85 Issue 20 | p. 8 | Letters
Issue Date: May 14, 2007

Bitter Sweet

Department: Letters

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
Sykesville, Md.

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