December 27, 2010 |
Think saccharin is unsafe? You may want to think again. Saccharin was first identified as a hazardous, potentially cancer-causing chemical by the Food and Drug Administration in the 1970s. But since that time it has slowly been exonerated by state and federal agencies. The FDA changed its position on the chemical in 2001, reclassifying it as OK for consumption, as did the state of California. Now the EPA has announced removal of the sweetener from its list of hazardous chemicals too. Saccharin is one of the best studied artificial sweeteners — after all, it's been around the longest.
February 11, 2008 |
Casting doubt on the benefit of low-calorie sweeteners, research released Sunday reported that rats on diets containing saccharin gained more weight than rats given sugary food. The study in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience found that the calorie-free artificial sweetener appeared to break the physiological connection between sweet tastes and calories, driving the rats to overeat. Lyn M. Steffen, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, who was not involved in the latest report, said the study offered a possible explanation for the unexpected association between obesity and diet soda found in recent human studies.
December 27, 2010 |
Let's hope that resolution to shed excess pounds doesn't rely too heavily on saccharin-sweetened food. If it does, you might want to rethink your approach to dieting -- but not necessarily because saccharin is going to do you harm. The belief that saccharin is risky has persisted for decades now. That is, it's persisted outside the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, both of which have offered up figurative "to your health" toasts with the stuff.
November 10, 2007 |
Researchers have learned that rats overwhelmingly prefer water sweetened with saccharin to cocaine, a finding that demonstrates the addictive potential of sweets. Offering larger doses of cocaine did not alter the rats' preference for saccharin, according to the report. Scientists said the study, presented this week in San Diego at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, might help explain the rise in human obesity, which has been driven in part by an overconsumption of sugary foods.
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February 15, 1994
The Feb. 3 article "No Evidence of 'Sugar High' In Children Found" was at best misleading. Misleading because the experiment was done comparing sugar with aspartame (or Nutrasweet) and saccharin, two additives that have been implicated in children's hyperactivity. Had the sugar been compared with a diet free of artificial additives, a much different picture would have been painted--with vast improvement in the behavior of children on the additive-free diet. The number of children used in this study was pitifully low (25 children ages 3-5, and 23 children ages 6-10)
February 16, 2008
Re "Another sour note for dieters," Feb. 11 A study involving rats can hardly provide solid information about the role of noncaloric sweeteners in human regulation of food intake. First, the rat control group was fed glucose, not sucrose, the sugar humans most often use. Second, saccharin is much sweeter than glucose -- which was the comparison sweetener used in the rat study. Thus, simply on the basis of taste preferences, the rats might be expected to consume more saccharin-sweetened foods.