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Did You Know Saccharin Was An Accidental Invention?

Saccharin is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener. It's 300–400 times sweeter than sugar and commonly used to replace it. The artificial sweetener Saccharin was got invented in 1879.

Saccharin is a sugar substitute that was found during investigating the oxidation of o-toluene sulfonamide. It was discovered by the chemists' Ira Remsen and Constantin Fahlberg. This way the most used sugar substitute got invented accidentally.

The accidental invention of saccharin has an extremely interesting story. It was not the sole purpose when the inventors started working on that. Inventor Fahlberg noticed it by chance.

This 300-400 times sweeter than sugar chemical compound without any side-effects can be found in everyday life. Your candies, cookies, and drinks contain mild amounts of this sweet sugary substitute.

Constantin was a chemist working on a coal tar derivatives project at Johns Hopkins University Lab owned by Ira Remsen. He observed a sweet taste on his hands-on the day. After some brainstorming, he concluded and connected this sweetie-greetie taste to the experiment he has been working on the whole day.

Quite an interesting and lovely move, (you’ll know that famous apple thing, which has been haunting every student for a long time).

In chemical terms, it is known as Sodium saccharin (benzoic sulfimide). It is an artificial sweetener. It is 300-400 times sweeter than everyday sugar. It’s the sweetening agent with effectively no food energy at all.

As it has no food energy or nutritional value, it is considered safe for human consumption who are suffering from diabetes.

The artificial sweetener is used to sweeten food products likes, drinks, cookies, and candies. It’s also used in the manufacturing of medicines.

The term “Saccharin” is coined from the word saccharine, which simply means, sugary.

People with sulfonamide allergies should stay away from Saccharin to avoid the reactions.

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