Saccharin is a derivative of coal tar and is sold commercially as a sweetener in the form of small tablets or granules.

It is usually prescribed in one of its forms as a sugar substitute in diabetic and slimming diets. Saccharin has no nutritional value but has a sweetening power approximately 300 times stronger than that of sugar. It can be used in cooking when only a small amount is required although it may leave a slightly bitter taste.

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