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Saccharin is an artificial sweetener that comes in pink packets.


Saccharin is a chemical that is 300-400 times sweeter than sucrose. Its chemical formula is C7H5NO3S. Saccharin is acidic. Saccharin, although sweet at first, has a metallic aftertaste. It is often combined with cyclamate to mask the metallic aftertaste. It's most commonly known brand is "Sweet'n Low".

No it does not cause cancer[edit]

Saccharin was delisted in 2000 from the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s Report on Carcinogens due to the lack of evidence that it was a carcinogen.[1] The early 1970s studies in rats linking saccharin to bladder cancer were shown to not be applicable to humans.[1] According to Appendix B, studies of human epidemiology have failed to find a strong association between saccharin and human bladder cancer.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 [ Appendix B Agents, Substances, Mixtures, or Exposure Circumstances Delisted from Report on Carcinogens]