Sweet Like Sugar? Weekly Science Activity Spotlight
How do sugar-free substitutes compare to sugar in terms of sweetness? Whether you make something sugar-free to cut calories or carbohydrates or for medical reasons, there are a wide range of sugar alternatives available. But how do these substances compare in terms of taste? In this food science family activity, you can investigate levels of sweetness by making your own homemade lemonade with sugar and with a sugar alternative.
(The full project idea doesn't involve making lemonade, but students following that procedure will make a series of solutions of water and sugar and water and sweetener and also put sweetness to a taste test.)
- Comparing the Sweetness of Sugar and Sugar Substitutes (Science Buddies project idea)
- Pucker Up: Sweet and Sour Science (science activity at Scientific American)