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What is Saccharin?

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Low- and no-calorie sweeteners like saccharin are a tool to help reduce the calories we consume from sugar. Saccharin is sweet, like sugar. Unlike sugar, saccharin is not broken down during digestion, passing through our bodies unchanged.

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What is Saccharin?

  1. 1. Fun Fact Low-Calorie Sweeteners What is Saccharin? Low- and no-calorie sweeteners like saccharin are a tool to help reduce the calories we consume from sugar. Saccharin is sweet, like sugar. Unlike sugar, saccharin is not broken down during digestion, passing through our bodies unchanged. This means that saccharin provides sweet taste without calories. Saccharin is the primary sweetener in brand names like Necta Sweet®, Sugar Twin® and Sweet'N Low®. What’s in a Name? How many Calories? Saccharin has no calories. Some sweeteners are “low-calorie” contributing negligible amounts of calories. Some are “no-calorie” contributing zero calories. While saccharin provides zero calories, packets or products containing saccharin can have calories. Sometimes ingredients with calories are added for flavor or texture. When this occurs, the amount of these ingredients added per serving is so small that their calorie contribution is low. Is it Safe? Yes, saccharin is safe to consume. Saccharin is one of 8 low- and no-calorie sweeteners permitted by the FDA for use in the US food supply. Each of the 8 have been rigorously tested and reviewed. Who says it’s safe? Leading global health authorities such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), FAO/WHO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and Health Canada. Saccharin has been used to sweeten foods and beverages since 1900 and has received interim approval from FDA since 1970. http://bit.ly/FoodInsightSaccharin A little goes a long way. Because saccharin is 200-700 times sweeter than sugar, only a tiny amount is needed to replace sugar while keeping the same level of sweetness. Sugar Saccharin Sweet as Sugar? 1 EFSA FAO/WHO FDA FSANZ Health Canada 200-700 foodinsight.org @FoodInsight @FoodInsight & @FACTSFollowers Sources: FDA: http://bit.ly/FDAsaccharin IARC: http://bit.ly/IARCsaccharin IFIC Foundation: http://bit.ly/FoodInsightSaccharin Saccharin was originally discovered in the 1870’s, making it the oldest low- or no-calorie sweetener approved for use. Ira Remsen and Constantine Fahlberg, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, discovered saccharin’s sweet taste while working on coal tar derivatives.

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