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Sodium Saccharin hits the Sweet Spot

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Food technologists are constantly searching for healthier alternatives to sugar without compromising taste.  This has led to the development and use of various artificial sweeteners, including sodium.

Understanding Sodium Saccharin

Sodium saccharin can be easily recognised by its E number E954.  This artificial sweetener has an intense sweetness, around 200 to 700 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar) without the high calorie count.

In this blog, Chemgrit Food, a supplier of Sodium Saccharin to the South African food and beverage market takes a look at the key properties driving the use of Sodium Saccharin:

Intense Sweetness:

Even in minute quantities, sodium saccharin imparts a powerful sweetness, making it an efficient alternative to sugar in food and beverages. This quality allows for a reduction in overall sugar content while maintaining desired sweetness levels.


One significant advantage of sodium saccharin lies in its stability under various conditions, including high temperatures. This stability makes it suitable for use in baked goods, canned foods, and even beverages, where other sweeteners sometimes degrade.

Synergistic Effects:

Sodium saccharin synergises well with other sweeteners, enhancing their sweetness profiles. This characteristic makes it a valuable component in blends used to mimic the taste of sugar.

In the modern food industry, sodium saccharin is used in the beverage industry, offering a sugar-free option for sodas, juices, and powdered drink mixes. Once again, its stability in liquid form and intense sweetness makes it a popular choice.

You will also find sodium saccharin in condiments and sauces, where a balanced sweetness without added sugar is desired. Sauces, dressings, and marinades benefit from its inclusion.

Like many synthetic sweeteners, sodium saccharin has faced scrutiny regarding its safety, however, research and regulatory reviews have debunked these claims, with most significant health authorities confirming its safety within recommended limits.


Sodium saccharin is a valuable tool in the food industry where it has enabled the creation of reduced-sugar and sugar-free products without any major compromise in taste. Its stability, intense sweetness, and versatility have cemented its place in many modern food and drink applications.

Chemgrit Food is a supplier of sodium saccharin. For information contact Chemgrit Food.

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