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Old 26 September 2009, 04:38 AM
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Icon86 The origins of Splenda

Comment: Splenda was discovered when a lab was trying to find a better
pesticide. The head of the lab said "test it" and, because of his accent
the lab tech though they said "taste it".

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Old 26 September 2009, 04:48 AM
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Um, False? Why on earth would a sweetener be discovered as a possible pesticide? I don't see the potential transition...
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Old 26 September 2009, 04:54 AM
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I donít think they would taste anything in a lab - expecially when they are developing a pesticide. The lab setup for foods and toxins are very different.

This site says almost agrees with the OP, but they were not testing pesticides but testing sucrose intermediates. That would make tasting the sucrose as an appropriate misunderstanding. It was an accidental discovery
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Old 26 September 2009, 05:47 PM
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Comment: Splenda was discovered when a lab was trying to find a better
pesticide. The head of the lab said "test it" and, because of his accent
the lab tech though they said "taste it".

true, or false?
This sounds like a mutated version of how saccharine was discovered:
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While Ira Remsen was eating rolls at dinner after a long day in the lab researching coal tar derivatives, he noticed that the rolls tasted initially sweet, but then bitter.
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