Cyclamate is a low-calorie sweetener that is 30 times sweeter than sucrose. Discovered in 1937, it has been widely used as a tabletop sweetener, in sugar-free beverages and other low-calorie foods, particularly in combination with other artificial sweeteners.
Products containing cyclamate as a sugar substitute include jellies, baked goods, soft drinks, chocolate, candies, breakfast cereals, salad dressing and toothpaste.
With no calorie content, cyclamate is a helpful alternative for people trying to reduce their sugar or calorie intake as part of a low calorie diet. Many diet or light foods and beverages including soft drinks, dairy and baked goods are sweetened with cyclamate. Individuals with diabetes diets have special requirements and find cyclamate helpful as a ingredient in a variety of diabetic foods
Cyclamate is soluble in water and stable in heat and cold, which means it's ideal for most food formulations. It also has a long shelf life. When cyclamate is combined with other low calorie sweeteners - particularly saccharin, aspartame and acesulfame-K -the result is an improvement in the overall taste of foods and beverages containing the mixture.
Over the past 50 years, organizations including the World Health Organization's Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Union Scientific Committee for Food (SCF) have examined and studied cyclamate. Cyclamate is now approved for use in more than 100 countries including Europe, Canada, and Australia. During the 50 years of cyclamate use by millions of people, there have been no reported safety problems. JECFA has reviewed the scientific literature related to cyclamate and consistently determined that it is safe for human consumption. Cyclamate also has been approved by the SCF of the European Commission (now the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)). A petition for the reapproval of cyclamate in the U.S. has been submitted for review by the FDA. The petition features extensive scientific evidence, including 75 studies, that demonstrates the safety of cyclamate for human use.