Sweet as Saccharin

**In case you hadn’t known where some of the food substitutes (et al) come from….Interesting**
 Sweet as Saccharin  Old German saccharin sachets. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

They seem indispensable now, those small paper packets found in restaurants around the world. These ubiquitous artificial sweeteners—the blue Equal, the yellow Splenda, and the pink Sweet’N Low—owe their existence to chemistry. We may not think of them as single-serving chemicals, but artificial sweeteners came out of chemistry labs over a century ago. The great-grandfather of them all, the former king, is benzoic sulphinide, commonly known as saccharin….more

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