One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A salt of a synthetic acid which is a cyclohexyl derivative of sulfamic acid. Sodium and calcium cyclamates were formerly used as artificial sweeteners.
- ‘Intense sweeteners permitted for use in Australian and New Zealand foods are acesulphame potassium, aspartame, cyclamates, saccharin, sucralose, alitame, thaumatin and neotame.’
- ‘Other artificial sweeteners were formerly used, especially cyclamates.’
- ‘I have reservations about the other sweeteners, such as acesulfame-K, sucralose, and the cyclamates.’
- ‘Olney, who was instrumental in banning the use of cyclamates, warned that aspartame had brain damaging properties.’
1950s: contraction of cyclohexylsulphamate.
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