Saccharin is a type of non-nutritive artificial sweetener that is commonly used as an ingredient in food and beverage products, as well as in some protein powders. It is much sweeter than sugar, with a sweetness level that is around 200-700 times greater than sugar.
As a non-nutritive sweetener, saccharin does not provide any significant calories or nutrients to the body when consumed. It is used primarily as a sugar substitute for individuals who are looking to reduce their calorie and sugar intake. Saccharin has been approved as a safe sweetener by various regulatory agencies around the world, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
While saccharin is considered safe for most people when consumed in moderation, some individuals may be sensitive to the sweetener and experience side effects like headaches or gastrointestinal discomfort.