Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Artificial Sweeteners Using Saccharin

It's the first ever artificial sweetener, discovered more than 100 years ago. And despite controversial health scares and growing competition, saccharin is still a common choice for those looking to replace sugar with a zero calorie sugar substitute.

Saccharin is 300 times sweeter than sugar and is heat stable, making it suitable for cooking. Since it passes through the body undigested, it’s completely calorie free. It also has no impact on blood sugar levels, so is suitable for diabetics as well as slimmers.

It’s found widely in foods ranging from baked goods to chewing gum. And of course, saccharin is commonly used as a calorie free alternative to tabletop sugar.

One of the drawbacks of saccharin is a slightly bitter aftertaste which may put some people off using it. However, it’s still a popular artificial sweetener, and is generally the cheapest option.

The table below shows some of the artificial sweeteners currently sold in the UK which contain saccharin as the sweetening ingredient.

Artificial Sweeteners Using Saccharin

Calories per Teaspoon/Tablet
Boots 1000 Sweetener tablets
Sodium saccharin, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide)
Boots 1000 Saccharin Tablets
Sodium Bicarbonate, Sweetener (Saccharin), Sodium Carbonate, Tartaric Acid, Anticaking Agents (Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate). Acacia (Tabletting aid)
Hermesetas Mini Sweeteners 
Sodium Saccharin
Kruger Sugarel Sweeteners
Sweetener Sodiumcyclamate , Sodiumhydrogencarbonate, Acidity Regulator Sodiumcitrate, Sweetener Saccharine-Sodium, Lactose
Slimmer 1000 Tablets
Sodium saccharin BP, Stearic Acid (E570), Anti-caking agent: Colloidal silicon dioxide
SupaSweet 2000 mini sweeteners
Sodium saccharin, anticaking agents: stearic acid, silicon dioxide
Sweetex Tablets
Sweetener (Sodium Saccharin), Anticaking Agents (Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate)
Tesco Value Sweeteners
Sweeteners (Sodium Cyclamate, Sodium Saccharin), Sodium Bicarbonate, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Milk, Sugar

There has been controversy in the past over the safety of saccharin. This was mainly due to laboratory test results on rats who subsequently developed bladder tumours after being fed high doses of sodium saccharin. There has been extensive testing since then. But no links between the use of saccharin and cancer has been found in human populations.

For more information on the discovery of saccharin in 1879 - Dr. Constantine Fahlberg.

© Diets and Calories 2012

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