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What Happened To Saccharine
Toxicity: An experiment in rats showed that very high ingestion levels of saccharine caused bladder tumors. The doses were quite high and there is a question about whether the data transfers to humans. However other substitutes were developed and these have taken over the market so there is no economic reason to re-test saccharine. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I use 4 cubes of Sussli/day & it contains Sodium Saccharine & Cyclamate. I am 6 weeks preg & worried about its effects on pregnancy.?
Don't fret: This is a small amount. There are healthier types of sweeteners though. ...Read more
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