What is saccharin | The first sugar substitute

Our goal at Sugar Free EU is to provide you with the best possible knowledge on various topics. In this article we would like to present you everything you need to know about saccharin.

What is saccharin?

Saccharin is a synthetic sweetener that is about 300 times sweeter than sugar. It is often used in the food industry as an alternative to sugar because it is calorie-free and does not affect blood sugar levels. Saccharin is also used as a tabletop sweetener and to sweeten beverages.


The history of saccharin

Saccharin was discovered in 1879 by a team of researchers looking for an alternative to sugar. Since then, saccharin has established itself in the food industry and is used worldwide as a sweetener.

Is saccharin harmful to health?

Saccharin was controversial for a long time, as studies on rats had shown that the sweetener could be carcinogenic. However, there is now no evidence that saccharin causes cancer in humans. The European Food Safety Authority has set the daily consumption range for saccharin at 5 mg per kilogram of body weight.

Use of saccharin

Saccharin is widely used in the food industry to enhance the flavor of foods and beverages. It is also used in many diet and light products because it is calorie-free, making it an alternative to sugar.

Saccharin in research

Saccharin is also used in research to study the effects of sugar on the body. For example, studies have shown that saccharin can help reduce the risk of diabetes.


Saccharin is a synthetic sweetener used in many foods and beverages. Although saccharin has long been controversial, there is no evidence that the sweetener causes cancer in humans. We hope that this article has provided you with everything you need to know about saccharin.