Sweet Taste of Water Induced by Artichoke (Cynara scolymus)

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Science  01 Dec 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4064, pp. 988-990
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4064.988


Exposure of the tongue to artichoke can make water taste sweet. Two major active components of artichoke are the salts of chlorogenic acid and cynarin. The sweetening of substances by temporarily modifying the tongue, rather than by adding a substance sweet in itself, may provide an alternative to currently used nonnutritive sweeteners.

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