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.
December 16, 2013 |
Canadian researchers think they have found a great way to trace the travels of treated sewage after it is discharged into rivers: Follow the artificial sweeteners. The scientists found elevated concentrations of four sweeteners - cyclamate, saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame - in water samples collected along the length of the Grand River in Ontario, Canada. Commonly used in diet drinks, the sweeteners got into the Grand by way of the 30 sewage treatment plants that empty into the river and its tributaries.
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.
July 19, 2004 |
Americans love artificial sweeteners. We stir saccharin into our coffee, drink cola sweetened with aspartame, and chew gum flavored with sorbitol -- all in an attempt to enjoy the sweet taste we crave without the calories we're trying to avoid. One thing we haven't been able to do, however, is to bake successfully with artificial sweeteners. Replace the sugar in a cake recipe with an artificial sweetener, and you're likely to bake a pale, off-tasting cake.