CHEM 181 Lecture Notes - Ira Remsen, Food Additives Amendment Of 1958, Saccharin

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18 Apr 2012
Sugar- suposed to rot our teeth and main culprit associated with obesity
Artificial sweeteners
- non-nutritive sweeteners
- Country with highest use of artificial sweeteners- U.S. (durr)
- they consume roughly half of all non-nutritive sweeteners in the world
History of Artificial Sweeteners
- 1879, Prof. Ira Remsen
- synthesized new chemical
- his graduate student (Fahlberg) got some on his hand, tasted it, and noticed it was sweet
- student patented the product behind Remsen's back! (shiiiet)
- originally produced in Germany
- 1901, John Francis Queeny (U.S.)
- brought Saccharin and put on market in U.S.
- founded company, Monsanto
- started as manufacturer of Saccharin
- 500 times as sweet as sugar :O
- but has bitter aftertaste!
- other substances added to to cut down on bitter after taste, thus 300x sweeter than
Saccharin= x300 sweeter than sugar, 0 calories
- in 1900, people not as concerned about obesity, so this was mostly used for medical
purposes (diabetes)
but then, increases incidence of bladder cancer among male rats fed high lifetime amounts of
saccharin and whose parents had also been fed high lifetime amounts of saccharin, canadian
study 1977
- Canada: Saccharin banned as food additive
- but still available as a table-top sweetener in pharmacies
- US: Allowed as a food additive
- available as a table-top sweetener
Delaney Clause
- issue in the U.S.
- any substance that has been shown to cause cancer under any circumstances cannot be
put on the market
- initially the food and drug administration banned saccharin from U.S.
- eventually a special law passed to override this clause in Saccharin's case!
- issue of animal study! comparative to humans, we'd have to drink 800 cans of saccharin to
get cancer!
- animals respond in different fashions, if one animals gets cancer it doesn't mean others will
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