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Diabetic and I cannot have regular sugar. Can saccharin cause any types of cancer?

Diabetic and I cannot have regular sugar. Can saccharin cause any types of cancer?

Not likely: Saccharin is not likely to cause cancer in the amount commonly used by humans. You may wish to consider other sugar substitutes, like equal, splenda and stevia. Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What is the connection between saccharin and cancer?

What is the connection between saccharin and cancer?

None: This was arrived at through deeply flawed studies in the early 1970's. Saccharin forms microcrystals in animal urine but not human urine; the crystals are promoters but do not cause mutations. But thanks to the politics (and perhaps the sugar lobby), saccharin could no longer be used as an artificial sweetener. Read more

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What is the benefit of 'saccharin sodium' in toothpaste?

What is the benefit of 'saccharin sodium' in toothpaste?

Taste: The only benefit is that it adds a sweet taste to the toothpaste. Without it, the toothpaste would be very bitter. Don't worry - it does not cause cavities. Read more

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Are there problems associated with saccharin?

Thanks for asking!: The epa in 2010 concluded that it no longer considered a potential hazard to human health. Read more

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Are there withdrawal symptoms from saccharin/aspartame?

Are there withdrawal symptoms from saccharin/aspartame?

Aspartame: An artificial sweetener, is declared to be safe & no correlations, to my knowledge, exists with sexual dysfunction, or withdrawal. Read more

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Are aspertame/saccharin better for your teeth than sugar?

Are aspertame/saccharin better for your teeth than sugar?

Not really: Sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol and many other 'sugar alcohols' can still be digested into acids by oral bacteria to cause decay. Xylitol is the only artifical sweetener that the oral bacteria cannot break down and it actually remineralizes the teeth. Chewing gum with recaldent will also strengthen teeth. Read more

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Does saccharin have the same tooth-rotting ability of sugar?

Does saccharin have the same tooth-rotting ability of sugar?

Yes: Sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol and many other 'sugar alcohols' can be broken down by bacteria in your mouth into acids that contribute to decay. Chewing gum that contains either xylitol or recaldent however actually remineralizes your teeth and cannot be broken down by oral bacteria. Read more

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Can you tell me how your body react to artificial sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin etc)?

Can you tell me how your body react to artificial sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin etc)?

Six sweet options: If goal is to avoid sugar try 3 Calorie-free: 1) Stevia: natural, but FDA approved use of RebA, not whole leaf & crude extracts; 2) Aspartame: synthetic, & breaks down with heat, so don't cook with it; can trigger headache & GI upset; 3) Sucralose--non-absorbed sugar; can cause headaches & GI upset. Can also consider these 3 caloric naturally sweet products--1) Pure maple syrup; 2) Agave; 3) Honey Read more

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Should I switch my toothpaste in pregnancy due to the sodium saccharin contained itn it?

Should I switch my toothpaste in pregnancy due to the sodium saccharin contained itn it?

Category C drug: Saccharin when used as a sweetener on a regular basis in pregnancy is classified as a category c drug. This means no human problems during fetal exposure are known but some animal studies are suggestive. When used with tooth paste the exposure is so small, unless you swallow the material, that any possible risk is minimized. Read more

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Is it true that saccharin promotes tooth decay?

Is it true that saccharin promotes tooth decay?

No: This artificial sweetener cannot be metabolized by the oral bacteria. Thus, no acid is produced meaning less tooth decay. Additionally, the use of sugarless products promotes salivary flow which helps buffer acid and decrease your decay risk. Read more

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Crest 3d whitening strips. Contains sodium hydroxide. Hydrogen peroxide. Carbomer. Sodium saccharin. I accidentally swallowed some will this harm me?

Crest 3d whitening strips. Contains sodium hydroxide. Hydrogen peroxide. Carbomer. Sodium saccharin. I accidentally swallowed some will this harm me?

No.: There is nothing in the way of ingredients that can be harmful to you if swallowed. After all, this product was approved by the fda as safe to use in your mouth and it is expected that some will be swallowed. Read more

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How is cancer caused?

How is cancer caused?

Genetic mutations: All cancers result from the accumulation of genetic mutations. The genes have a natural tendency to mutate, making life as we know it possible, and there's background radiation and chemicals that are part of nature and inescapable. Specific cancers have various hereditary (inherit a bad gene) and environmental (mutagen) causes; anything can promote by making mutated cells divide. Read more

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