Sweetness #9

Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark (Little, Brown, 2014)

This newly published novel pretends to be the memoir of a chemist in the food science field who once did animal testing on an artificial sweetener. He found that rats and monkeys fed the sweetener gained weight and became depressed, but couldn’t persuade his employer to pull the product from the market. Although he goes on to a successful career with another employer (eventually becoming CEO), he never quite gets over the incident at his first job. It affects his whole life and his relationships with his wife and family. It is a well written book which offers unique insights into the normally hidden world of food chemistry, but not necessarily the most exciting plot or characters. I would like have liked the story to have developed differently, like the protagonist becoming an activist for food safety rather than just regretting not having done more.

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