Which substance is the most bitter?

salicin
absinthe
denatonium benzoate
benzoic acid
De­na­to­ni­um, usually avail­able as de­na­to­ni­um benzoate and as de­na­to­ni­um sac­cha­ride, is the most bitter chemical compound known, with bit­ter­ness thresh­olds of 0.05 ppm for the benzoate and 0.01 ppm for the sac­cha­ride.

Answers distribution

salicin
absinthe
denatonium benzoate
benzoic acid
answers
flagthe United Arab Emirates
7%
7%
80%
3%
26
flagthe Philippines
0%
28%
71%
0%
14
flagUkraine
4%
25%
59%
11%
44
flagGreece
5%
35%
58%
0%
17
flagSwitzerland
0%
25%
58%
16%
12
flagItaly
8%
24%
56%
12%
25
flagRepublic of Ireland
10%
27%
51%
10%
37
flagthe Netherlands
18%
27%
48%
5%
37
flagFrance
6%
29%
48%
16%
31
flagthe United Kingdom
8%
27%
45%
18%
248
flagRussia
15%
5%
45%
35%
20
flagPoland
12%
28%
43%
15%
7114
flagSweden
21%
10%
42%
25%
28
flagthe United States
9%
25%
41%
22%
147
flagGermany
10%
37%
39%
12%
98
flagIndia
14%
12%
38%
33%
89
flagAustria
7%
23%
38%
30%
13
flagNorway
18%
22%
36%
22%
22
flagUnknown
14%
30%
34%
19%
634
flagPakistan
18%
18%
25%
37%
16

Gender

men38%
women42%
salicin
14%
12%
absinthe
28%
31%
denatonium benzoate
38%
42%
benzoic acid
18%
12%

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Author: Bartosz
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