October 20, 2012 |
With the variety of chic diet sodas expanding faster than the contents of a CO 2 canister, we asked a few Times staffers to sample a dozen brands in a variety of flavors, such as cola, grape soda and root beer. Here are their thoroughly unscientific reviews: Clear winners Cascade Ice Acai Blueberry Pomegranate (sweetened with sucralose): "I enjoy this as a less sugary option to fruit juice. It's light but still has the berry taste. " Hank's Diet Root Beer (sweetened with aspartame)
November 30, 2007 |
The next battle in the Splenda wars is about to begin. A hearing in a false-advertising lawsuit against the company that makes the sweetener is scheduled for Monday in federal court in Los Angeles. Filed by five U.S. sugar companies, the suit claims McNeil Nutritionals has deliberately misled consumers with its "made from sugar, tastes like sugar" advertising campaign. "We believe it is manipulation on an important subject," said Dan Callister, a lawyer for the Sugar Assn. Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1999
Q: Is sucralose safe? A: Sucralose is a new artificial sweetener that has been approved for use in beverages, baked goods and other foods, and as a table-top sugar substitute. It is made from the natural sugar sucrose by chemically adding three chlorine atoms to its backbone and is an estimated 600 times sweeter than sugar. Because of the chlorine atoms, sucralose is not digested and passes through the body unchanged. Unlike a similar fat substitute, it does not cause fecal leakage or diarrhea.
October 20, 2012 |
It's been 60 years since diet soda first burst on the scene with a sugar-free ginger ale known as No-Cal that catered to diabetics. Then came RC Cola's Diet Rite, followed by Tab, Fresca and a slew of sugar-free versions of Pepsi and Coca-Cola that seem to be in perpetual states of reformulation to accommodate customers' fickle tastes. Today, it isn't just colas that are going on a diet. The market for no-calorie sodas has become as effervescent as the beverages themselves, with an ever-expanding palette of exotic flavors such as coconut, pomegranate and coffee - many of them from small companies that are developing loyal followings catering to customers' thirst for carbonated indulgence without the sugar.
September 8, 2003 |
A new, low-calorie sweetener is making its U.S. debut in a diet frozen cola drink, but it may not be long before you find it in breakfast cereals, brownies, ice cream, candies and energy bars. The commercial launch of tagatose, which has 92% of the sweetness of table sugar, came with the introduction of 7-Eleven's Diet Pepsi Slurpee.
February 21, 1990 |
A roundup of business developments spotted by other publications.Items were compiled and edited by Grassroots Research, a unit of the San Francisco money management firm of RCM Capital Management. Modest Rebound: A look at the Gulf states suggests an upswing in the oil industry. The rig count in Louisiana rose again last week by four units to 143, an increase over the 12 rigs in the same week a year ago.