Yum, not many things are better in life than sitting down to a delicious fulfilling meal. It gives you a feeling of satisfaction that is hardly matched in life. But just how much do you know about the food that you eat? I bet that there is a lot that you don’t know, so here are 14 fascinating food facts to whet your appetite.
1 Sucralose As An Artificial Sweetener Was Discovered By Accident
Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that has found commercial success due to it’s many favourable characteristics over other low calorie sweeteners. As is often the case many items or products that we use every day have been discovered by pure accident. Sometimes these discoveries can be of benefit to people, such as the microwave, sometimes they will, when used for sinister purposes, lead to destruction, as was the case with gunpowder. Thankfully sucralose doesn’t have any sinister uses, and its discovery was an absolute accident.
Sucralose was discovered by scientists from Tate & Lyle, a British based agribusiness, who were working with researchers Leslie Hough and Shashikant Phadnis at Queen Elizabeth College. They were researching ways to use sucrose and its synthetic derivatives. One of the researchers, Phandis, was told to test a chlorinated sugar compound, but he thought he was told to taste it. Luckily for Phandis he found the compound to be exceptionally sweet, and not harmful.
Tate & Lyle patented sucralose as an artificial sweetener in 1976.