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What is Saccharin?

Saccharin, a chemically (in a laboratory) prepared artificial sweetener is 300 – 400 times sweeter than regular sugar. It is commonly used as a sugar substitute as it is low-calorie. It is often mixed with other low-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame as it has a bitter aftertaste. It increases the shelf life of the products it’s added to and is a stable ingredient which is why it’s widely used. 

What are the other names this ingredient is also known as? 

Saccharin is also known as Acid saccharin, Calcium saccharin, Sodium saccharin and benzo sulfimide on food labels. They are presented in different forms in different food products and checking the labels may help identify the various sweeteners and sugar-free products this ingredient is present in. 

What products is it used in?

Saccharin is used in carbonated drinks along with aspartame, it is also found in low-calorie andries, jams, cookies, jellies and other snacks. IOt is also used as a substitute to table sugar to sprinkle on top of food, in cereals or fruits or as a substitute to sugar in baking or dairy products like coffee. 

What is the source of this ingredient?

Saccharin is a synthetic sweetener. It is an artificial sweetening agent and is not found naturally. Saccharin is typically produced through chemical processes, and it is often used as a sugar substitute in various food and beverage products. It is typically considered both vegan and vegetarian. It is a synthetic sweetener and does not contain animal-derived ingredients. However, individual dietary preferences may vary, and it’s advisable to check specific product labels for any additional ingredients that could impact its vegan or vegetarian status. 

Why is it bad?

Studies suggest Saccharin raises blood glucose levels, increases the risk of obesity, renal and liver impairment

What should you do?

Avoid when possible

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