Saccharin and sweeteners

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Saccharin and sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners, created by using the achievements of chemistry, aid both diabetics and dieters in controlling their sugar intake.


In 1901, John F. Quenny produced the artificial sweetener called Saccharin. In 1967, the manufacturing of high-fructose corn syrup using a patented enzyme to increase the fructose sweetness of corn syrup from 14% to 42% began, and quickly became the sweetener for all major soft drinks.


Aspartame was first sold in 1985 in the USA; this low-calorie intense sweetener marketed as NutraSweet was developed in 1955 as a possible anti-ulcer drug.

Saccharin molecule


Did you know?

Sucralose (Trichlorosucrose, E955) is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener, which is 600 times sweeter than sugar. Natural sweeteners also exist: for example, the leaves of stevia, a plant indigenous in South America, are 30 times, while its extracts are up to 300 times sweeter than sugar.
Formerly and currently used artificial sweetenersFormerly and currently used artificial sweeteners