Saccharin is the oldest low-calorie sweetener. Known as benzoic sulfimide, saccharin comes from the word saccharine - meaning sugary, and in some instances, almost overly sweet. Some have noted it to be 300 times sweeter than sugar.
Saccharin is often blended with other sweeteners, like cyclamate and aspartame, to not only disguise the unique flavors but to also prolong the shelf life. As a granulated artificial sweetener, saccharin can be used as sodium salt or calcium salt for those with low-sodium dietary needs. Saccharin is an ideal sweetener for diabetics since it is not digested as it passes through the digestive system.
It is a vital ingredient in gum, candy, beverages, condiments and other food products for those who need to watch their sugar intake. It’s also used in toothpaste, vitamins, pharmaceuticals and cosmetic and hygiene items.
Saccharin has no food energy, no nutritional value, and is not proven to be harmful to humans.