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What is Saccharin?



What uses Saccharin?


What could happen?

Saccharin is an artificial sweetener, a replacement for sugar. Created in 1878, saccharin rose in popularity during WWI and the 1960s and 1970s, for being a sugar substitute with no calories. Saccharin is about 200 to 700 times sweeter than regular sugar, but leaves a sharp metallic after taste.

Saccharin was first discovered by Constantin Fahlberg, who was a scientist that worked on coal tar derivatives.Saccharin is now made by synthesizing other chemicals. An acid is combined with an assortment of other chemicals, such as chlorine, to create saccharin.

Saccharin has been tested on lab rats and have been shown to be related with bladder cancer. Other side effects may include: headaches, skin problems, breathing difficulties, and diarrhea. This will affect people sensitive to sulfur-based chemicals.

What is It Made From?

Saccharin is able to mix with most sweeteners to cancel out their weaknesses. Some combinations include saccharin & cyclamate, and saccharin & aspartame.Diabetics could safely use saccharin as a sugar substitute.

However, the Canadian government has ruled in 2006 that saccharin is not carcinogenic and has allowed it to be used as both a table top sweetener and a food additive.


Are there any benefits?


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