“Lead tastes sweet. In fact, lead (II) acetate [Pb(C2H3O2)2Â·3H2O] is a compound that has another name: sugar of lead. Sugar of lead has been used as a sweetener throughout history. No honey or sugar? No problem! There is a calorie-free alternative. It’s toxic, but you won’t put on pounds from eating it. If you use enough of it, you might forget to eat altogether. The perfect diet aid.”
- Dr. Anne Marie Helmenstine, PhD
Please PLEASE don’t try this.
(I ran across this while doing some research on using a lead acetate + alum solution for waterproofing canvas. Completely unrelated, I just thought it was too amusing to not share.)