BusinessPundit tells me this morning that:
Johns Hopkins scientist Constantin Fahlberg discovered saccharin while experimenting on toluene derivatives, normally found in coal tar. When Fahlberg found that a residue from his experiments tasted sweet, he devoted more time to researching it. He later patented the substance and named it saccharin. Saccharin was introduced as a food additive in the US in 1900. It gained more traction as a sugar substitute during WWI, when sugar was rationed. Now, it is most popularly known as Sweet N’ Low.
I haven't had 'real' sugar in my system in a long-long time. My sweet-tooth is satisfied mostly with sweeteners of the above and other assorted varieties. I figure the only way to (quite-literally) eat the cake I have is to cut the calories somehow. And this seemed like an easy way to do it.
But, err, Coal Tar?