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Saccharin


Posted by Jane N.

Saccharin Saccharin is most likely known for being the main ingredient of Sweet’N Low®. Discovered in the late 1800’s, it is roughly 450 times sweeter than sugar and not stored in the body. Products containing saccharin typically have the warning that it’s found to cause cancer in rats. This was due to a study done in 1977. The study found a higher risk of bladder cancer in rats that were given the equivalent of hundreds of diet sodas a day for a lifetime. Due to this, warning labels were issued, although since 2000 they aren’t required to carry them anymore. The ADI for saccharin is 5mg/kg body weight. A person weighing 160lbs can consume about 10 packets of Sweet’N Low® daily to meet this ADI.
 
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