The Science of Sweetness: Taste and Learn

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4:00 -5:00 PM EST

Description: Why do some people taste sweetness differently than others? Why do some people have strong preferences for sweetness while others do not? Join the PepsiCo Health & Nutrition Sciences team as we take a page from wine tastings and lead you through an intimate virtual tasting of select beverages with our very own “Sweetness Sommelier,” Dr. John Hayes, Director of the Penn State Sensory Evaluation Center.  

We’ll be your guide for the evening, showcasing a range of PepsiCo’s beverage and hydration options as we bring you along an interactive journey of our sugar reduction strategy where you’ll learn the science of sweetness through taste.

After this presentation, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify two tactics that PepsiCo is utilizing to help reduce calories and sugar across its global beverage portfolio.
  • Describe how low calorie sweeteners (LCS) can be used to help reduce calorie intake by substitution in calorie rich foods and beverages. 
  • Apply two strategies that help patients and clients with different sweet preferences and identify beverage options that meet their needs.



Karen van het Hof, PhD, MSc

Senior Director, PepsiCo Health & Nutrition Sciences 



John E. Hayes, PhD

Professor of Food Science, Director, Sensory Evaluation Center, Penn State University



This webinar is accredited for 0.75 CPEU through the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. After viewing, please fill in the below details to download the certificate.