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Sodium cyclamate, commonly known as simply as cyclamate, is an artificial sweetener, used as a sugar substitute.
The sweet taste of cyclamate was discovered by accident. In 1937, a student named Michael Sveda at the University of Illinois. While working on synthesising medicines, he put the cigarette he was smoking on the bench; when he put it back in his mouth he noticed the sweet taste. It was originally marketed in tablet form, and recommended for use as a tabletop sweetener for diabetics.
It was one of the most widely used sugar substitutes, and at around 30 -50 times sweeter than sugar is one the least potent of the artificial sweeteners. It is commonly used in soft drinks, often in combination with other sugar substitutes such as saccharine.
It is approved as a sweetener in over 55 countries.