a medicinal herb that promises to make all senses of sweetness disappear—PRESTO CHANGE-O! Jamie Talan of Newsday is on it:Fad diets are like rabbits, look way for second and—BAM—there’s another one. Now introducing
An ingredient of a plant used for centuries as a medicinal herb in India can block receptors in the mouth from tasting sweet foods. Using a concentrated form of this ingredient, a company has developed a tablet that, when sucked or chewed, rapidly makes all sense of sweetness disappear for up to 30 minutes…Now that’s marketing at its finest, “Well, well, the cigarette companies do it. So why can’t we?” I actually feel stupider after reading this report. One more of these and you’ll find me curled up in the corner sucking my thumb.
…George Kontonotas, president of Genotec Nutritionals Inc. in Commack, N.Y., says it helps overweight people resist sugary snacks and removes the sweet taste from tobacco smoke.
He says cigarette manufacturers put at least 20 substances into cigarettes, including cloves and apple juice extract, to make smoking more palatable. When sweet receptors on the tongue cannot sense those tastes, "the true taste of tobacco is awful."