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CHEM110-sweeteners - Have you ever wondered what life would...

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Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you were deprived of your sweet tooth? Most people can?t even fathom such a terrifying thought, so selection is about the common usage of artificial sweeteners in today?s society as an alternative to sucrose, or table sugar. As diet trends increase and the use of the compound sucrose is discouraged, more and more people opt for artificial sweeteners that claim to be ?calorie-free,? and therefore guilt-free in the eyes of many diet-conscious consumers. However, since many users of sugar substitutes do not know exactly what they are, this article attempts to explain a bit about the history and development of sugar substitutes, and also addresses some health and safety issues. I learned that out of the five sugar substitutes that have been approved by most food health agencies, saccharin and aspartame have the longest history of existence and have triggered the most controversy in regards to health and safety. Scientists at John Hopkins University discovered the sweetener in 1879 when a researcher spilled lab material on his hand and noticed an unusual sweet taste while eating dinner that night. The compound
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