Health


Is Sweet'N Low safe?

Yes.
Saccharin Gets Clean Bill of Health

Scientific Evidence Documents Safety of Saccharin
"We are pleased that the National Toxicology Program is removing saccharin from its list of cancer-causing substances. This announcement supports what we have known all along: saccharin is safe for human consumption," said Marvin Eisenstadt, president of Cumberland Packing Corp. "This decision based on careful review of extensive scientific evidence will give consumers additional confidence in Sweet'N Low, a product they have trusted for more than 40 years."

The Report on Carcinogens 9th report prepared by the National Toxicology Program was sent to Congress by the Department of Health and Human Services on May 15, 2000. The report, published every two years, identifies substances that are "known" or "reasonably anticipated" to cause cancer. Saccharin was removed from the list of substances "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

Dr. Kenneth Olden, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program said, "Two decades ago, when saccharin was shown to produce bladder tumors in rats, it was a prudent, protective step to consider the sweetener to be a likely human carcinogen. However, our understanding of the science has advanced and allows us to make finer distinctions today. Studies now indicate that the rat bladder tumors arise from mechanisms that are not relevant to the human situation. In addition, we have decades more data from observations of humans using saccharin that adds to our confidence. In other words, with better science we can now make a better call."

"For more than a century, people have been consuming saccharin," commented Dr. Abraham Bakal, Technical and Scientific Advisor to Cumberland Packing Corp. "Scientific evidence compiled in the last 20 years clearly demonstrates the safety of saccharin. Leading health organizations including the World Health Organization, American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, American Dietetic Association and American Diabetes Association have acknowledged saccharin's safety and supported the continued availability of saccharin."

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Is Sweet'N Low safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women?

The enormous body of scientific evidence clearly indicates that it is safe for human consumption. There is no evidence to suggest that consuming saccharin during pregnancy will result in any side effects. However, we recommend discussing this and any other issues with a physician because women are advised to monitor their diet during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

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Is Sweet'N Low safe for children?

The enormous body of scientific evidence clearly indicates that it is safe for human consumption. There is no evidence to suggest that consuming saccharin will result in any side effects. However, as always, we recommend discussing this and any other issues with a physician.

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Is Sweet'N Low safe for people with diabetes?

On the advice of a physician, Sweet'N Low may be useful in the diets of people with diabetes. Sweet'N Low contains one gram of carbohydrate and can be used in conjunction with food exchange programs. Health professionals believe that the small amount of carbohydrates in Sweet'N Low is nutritionally insignificant. Sweet'N Low Liquid contains zero carbohydrates.

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Where can I find diabetic-friendly recipes on your site?

Sweet’N Low has numerous 'diabetic-friendly' recipes. To access the diabetic-friendly recipes, simply visit the recipe section on our website and look for recipes marked with an asterisk (*). These recipes were developed by our chefs using the Healthy Eating Plan, followed by the USDA and American Diabetes Association.

General guidelines used on our diabetic-friendly recipes (marked with an asterisk (*) on the recipe section of our website) are listed below. As a general note, always consult your physician when making changes to your diet:

  • Entrees: generally between 300 to 400 calories, but no more than 500 calories – should include a protein, a starch and a vegetable
  • Desserts: 100 to 150 calories, but no more than 200 calories
  • Alcoholic Beverages: 100 to 150 calories
  • Smoothies: 150 to 200 calories
  • Calories: Entrées should generally have between 300 to 400 calories, but no more than 500 calories. Entrees should include a protein, a starch and a vegetable portion
  • Total Fat should be under 30% for the day (ranges 10 to 15 grams per meal, approximately)
  • Saturated Fat: 3 grams per entrée is best. The maximum is 4 grams.
  • Fiber: 4-7 grams per meal, with a goal of 20 grams per day (whole wheat should always be used vs. refined wheat)
  • Sodium: under 500 mg per entrée

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Is Sweet'N Low safe for people with celiac disease?

Yes. Sweet'N Low is safe for people with celiac disease. Sweet'N Low contains no gluten, nor does it come into contact with glutinous products such as wheat during its manufacture.

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Does Sweet'N Low contain gluten?

No. Sweet'N Low and its ingredients are gluten-free and suitable for consumption by individuals suffering from celiac disease.

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Does Sweet'N Low contain aspartame?

No. In the United States, Sweet'N Low zero calorie sweetener does not contain aspartame. The sweetener in Sweet'N Low is saccharin.

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Does Sweet'N Low contain the amino acid phenylalanine?

No. In the United States, Sweet'N Low zero calorie sweetener does not contain phenylalanine. Sweet'N Low is safe for phenylketonurics, people whose bodies cannot break down the essential amino acid, phenylalanine.

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Does Sweet'N Low contain sodium?

No. Sweet'N Low is sodium-free.

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How is saccharin handled by the body?

Saccharin is not metabolized by the body and is excreted from the body unchanged. The body does not need insulin for handling this sweetener.

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How does the sweetness of Sweet'N Low compare to sugar?

One packet of Sweet'N Low is as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar. This makes Sweet'N Low 10 times sweeter than sugar by weight. One packet of Sweet'N Low weighs 1g.

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What is the caloric content of Sweet'N Low?

Sweet'N Low zero calorie sweetener contains fewer than 4 calories per packet. According to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) labeling regulations, calorie content must be labeled as zero for products containing less than 5 calories per serving. Sweet'N Low Liquid, however, has absolutely zero calories.

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What is the carbohydrate content of Sweet'N Low?

Sweet'N Low zero calorie sweetener contains about 0.9 gram of carbohydrates per 1 gram packet. Sweet'N Low Liquid, however, contains absolutely zero carbohydrates.

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What is the shelf life of Sweet'N Low?

Sweet'N Low neither loses its sweetness nor decomposes during storage, which makes it safe to consume even after many years. It is recommended to store Sweet'N Low under cool and dry conditions. Storing the product in a hot and humid environment may result in caked and discolored product. However, the product will still maintain its sweetness and will be safe to consume.

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Does using Sweet'N Low cause cavities?

The sweetener in Sweet'N Low, saccharin, was found to NOT cause cavities and was also amazingly found to possess anti-cavity properties. Some of this research was carried out at the Dental School at Rutgers University and was confirmed in other institutions. Leading toothpastes contain saccharin to provide sweetness and flavor.

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Does Sweet'N Low do tests on animals?

No. Cumberland Packing Corp., the manufacturer and distributor of Sweet'N Low, does not conduct any animal testing. Government agencies such as the FDA and EPA use test animals to determine the safety of foods and food additives. Our company is very concerned with the safety and well being of animals and we support various organizations who are engaged in the prevention of cruelty to animals.

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Does using Sweet'N Low increase triglycerides?

No. There is no scientific evidence that consumption of Sweet' Low will have any impact on the triglycerides level.

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Is it true that rinsing the hair with Sweet'N Low during coloring will reduce irritation?

There are stories in magazines and other publications reporting that Sweet'N Low can reduce irritation during hair coloring. Several hair stylists regularly use Sweet'N Low for this purpose. This action may be due to the pH buffering properties of the ingredients present in Sweet'N Low. However these anecdotal reports cannot be confirmed based on scientific data.

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Congress Passes Bill to Remove Saccharin Warning Label from Sweet'N Low®

(12/21/2000)
"We are extremely gratified that Congress has passed legislation to remove the saccharin warning label on Sweet'N Low®.This announcement supports what we have known all along: saccharin is safe for human consumption," said Marvin Eisenstadt, president of Cumberland Packing Corp., manufacturer of Sweet'N Low. "This Congressional action based on careful review of extensive scientific evidence will confirm consumers' confidence in Sweet'N Low, a product they have trusted for more than 40 years," he added.

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The "Sweetest Act"

On December 15, Congress passed legislation to remove the warning label that had been required on saccharin-sweetened foods and beverages since 1977. The "Sweetest Act," the Saccharin Warning Elimination via Environmental Testing Employing Science and Technology Act, introduced by Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) was signed into law by President Clinton on December 21 as part of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Bill (H.R. 4577).

This action supports the recommendations of the 9th Report on Carcinogens prepared by the National Toxicology Program in May 2000, and the position of leading health organizations including the World Health Organization, American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, American Dietetic Association and American Diabetes Association.

"Leading health organizations have acknowledged saccharin's safety and supported the continued availability of saccharin," said Gail L. Becker, R.D., Cumberland Packing Corp. "Consumers can continue to use Sweet'N Low with complete confidence in the safety of the product."

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