Saccharin is a sweetening agent that is about 300 to 500 times sweeter than ordinary sugar; saccharin is widely used as a sugar substitute. It is classified as a non-caloric sweetener. Saccharin has an unpleasant bitter or metallic aftertaste.
Discovery of Saccharin: Saccharin was discovered in 1879 by Constantine Fahlberg, while working in the laboratory of Ira Remsen, by accident, he spilled a chemical on his hand. Later, while eating dinner, Fahlberg noticed sweetness in the bread he was eating. He traced the sweetness back to the chemical he was working in earlier, later named saccharin.
Saccharin Uses: Saccharin is use as a sweetener in diet sodas and other low-calorie beverages and foods such as baked goods, jams, chewing gum, canned fruit, candy, dessert toppings and salad dressings.
Saccharin in Diabetics: In 1907, saccharin was used as a replacement for sugar in foods for diabetics. Many diabetics turn to saccharin-sweetened foods and beverages because their bodies cannot properly metabolize sugar. But there are evidences that saccharin may contribute to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and insulin shock, therefore diabetics should consume saccharin-sweetened substances only under medical supervision.
Saccharin Dangers and Controversy: Saccharinis one of the most studied food additives in the food industry today. Even though research indicates saccharin is safe for human consumption, there has been controversy over its safety. The basis for the controversy is based primarily on findings of bladder tumors in some male rats fed high doses of sodium saccharin.
Aspartame is a member of excitoxins, a group of chemical that stimulates the neurons and nervous systems, this chemical makes the nervous system and neurons work excessively, thus causing it fatigue and in severe case can kill the nervous system.
Aspartame in Diabetics: Aspartame is dangerous for diabetics. It drives the blood sugar out of control, so diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neuro-toxic. It can also cause various kinds of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, rage, and violence.
Some Ailments that is linked on the consumption of Aspartame: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Impotence, Asthma, Depression, Brain Tumor, Birth defect, Alzheimer’s (even as early as 30 years old), Cancer, etc.
Saccharin and Aspartame: Blends of saccharin with other sweeteners are often used to compensate for each sweetener’s weaknesses. Saccharin is often used together with aspartame in diet soda.
As consumers it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on what is good and bad for our health. Some research favor the use of this artificial sweetener and some says it hazardous to our health. If you can’t help using artificial sweetener it is always important to know that moderation is very important. Anything that is taken in excess is harmful to the body.