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    Banned here in Canada, at one time in the U.S.A. Are they safe to use? They are for sale in the E.U. Countries. Some medical reports say they may cause bladder cancer. Do many Britmovie readers use these tablets?

  • #2
    From Wikipedia. You can click on the numbers to verify the source if you want to.

    In the 1970s, studies performed on laboratory rats found an association between consumption of high doses of saccharin and the development of bladder cancer.[10] However, further study determined that this effect was due to a mechanism that is not relevant to humans.[10]Epidemiological studies have shown no evidence that saccharin is associated with bladder cancer in humans.[10][11] The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) originally classified saccharin in Group 2B ("possibly carcinogenic to humans") based on the rat studies, but downgraded it to Group 3 ("not classifiable as to the carcinogenicity to humans") upon review of the subsequent research.[12]

    Saccharin has no food energy and no nutritional value.[13] It is safe to consume for individuals with diabetes.[14][15]


    • #3
      Perfectly safe afaik, but the taste is vile. You're better off training your palate to do without sugar anyway.

      The only artificial sweeteners that I've ever tried and that tasted acceptable were the cyclamates, which were banned in the late sixties in the uk., although the ban has subsequently been lifted.

      I believe cyclamates may still be banned in the USA, despite the scientist whose research led to the ban having admitted that his results were unreliable.
      Last edited by narabdela; 16th September 2018, 03:57 PM.


      • #4
        Are you talking about Saccharine tablets as a brand name (aka Sweet and Low) or other artificial sweeteners to which the generic title of "saccharine" is commonly used ?


        • #5
          I use Hermesetas.


          • #6
            Ive heard negative things about Aspertame a non-saccaride used in alot of produce in UK .


            • #7
              Originally posted by AlecLeamas View Post
              Ive heard negative things about Aspertame a non-saccaride used in alot of produce in UK .
              "Aspartame has been found to be safe for human consumption by more than ninety countries worldwide,[49][50] with FDA officials describing aspartame as "one of the most thoroughly tested and studied food additives the agency has ever approved" and its safety as "clear cut",but has been the subject of several controversies, hoaxes and health scares."



              • Shirley Brahms
                Shirley Brahms commented
                Editing a comment
                "In a 1996 survey, Ralph G. Walton ... looked at 166 peer-reviewed studies on aspartame undertaken between 1980 and 1985. He found that all 74 of the studies funded by the industry found no adverse effects from aspartame, while 84 of the 92 independently funded articles did find bad effects."

                [Dr Ralph G. Walton, Northeast Ohio Medical University]

            • #8
              I use sugar

              But I'm an old dinosaur



              • #9
                The other side of the Wikipedia story, gleaned from various sources.

                >The approval of the artificial sweetener aspartame (E951) was the most contested in FDA history. The approval was not based on any scientific grounds but was granted due to political and financial pressure.

                >Aspartame has been controversial since day one. Searle, the manufacturer, had failed to win FDA approval for 16 years and was under investigation for performing fraudulent studies. Aspartame was suddenly approved in 1981 when Donald Rumsfeld, former CEO of Searle and new member of President Ronald Reagan's transition team, appointed a new FDA commissioner.

                >Was aspartame ever proven safe for human consumption before it gained FDA approval as a food additive?

                Not according to Dr. John Olney, a researcher at Washington University in Saint Louis who first began studying aspartame in 1970. Dr. Olney believes aspartame should not be on the market today "because it hasn't been demonstrated to be safe." Also in agreement with Dr. Olney are the FDA's own investigations into the chemical from 1975 to 1980.

                When the FDA was presented with Dr. Olney's research, they assigned an outside public board of inquiry the task of deciding if aspartame should be allowed for human consumption. In 1980, the doctors on that board unanimously ruled that aspartame should not go on the market. An internal FDA panel concluded the same thing in 1980.

                According to the FDA Chairman at that time, Dr. Gere Goyan, his next recommendation was to set up another FDA committee to study aspartame, composed of people who had played no previous part in the former studies of aspartame. Dr. Gere Goyan never saw the results of that 1980 FDA internal study, because he was forced to step down as FDA Chairman the day Ronald Reagan took office on January 21, 1981.

                His replacement? Dr. Arthur Hill Hayes.

                Dr. Hayes is notable for two reasons. First, he had no previous history of dealing with the science of food additives. Second, he was apparently hand picked to head the FDA by a prominent member of Ronald Reagan's political transition team, Donald Rumsfeld. Yes, the same Donald Rumsfeld who led the United States into the multi trillion dollar wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as Secretary of Defense during the Bush presidency. But in 1981, Rumsfeld had a different title: CEO of the G.D Searle company, the company that owned the patent on aspartame.

                One of Dr. Arthur Hill Hayes first acts as FDA Chairman was granting aspartame approval for use in dry goods. Incidentally, one of Hayes' last acts in office as FDA Chairman was to approve aspartame for use in beverages.

                So was aspartame approved because studies ever showed it was safe for human consumption? Or was it approved thanks to the political influence of Donald Rumsfeld?

                According to former Sentator Howard Metzenbaum, who reviewed the FDA's approval process of aspartame in the Senate in 1987, "I think there were a lot of politics involved in its being approved." Research scientist Dr. Olney is even more blunt, "the issue (aspartame) is really not an issue of science, it's an issue of politics."


                • #10
                  I think that this is the sweetest thread we've had for a long time !!!