What is aspartame
Aspartame (APM) is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages. In the European Union, it is codified as E951. Aspartame is a methyl ester of the aspartic acid/phenylalanine dipeptide. It was first sold under the brand name NutraSweet. It was first synthesized in 1965, and the patent expired in 1992.
The safety of aspartame has been the subject of several political and medical controversies, United States congressional hearings and Internet hoaxes since its initial approval for use in food products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981. The European Food Safety Authority concluded in its 2013 re-evaluation that aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure, corroborating other medical reviews. However, because its breakdown products include phenylalanine, aspartame must be avoided by people with the genetic condition phenylketonuria (PKU).
|Beverages:||Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, squashes, iced teas and coffees and hot chocolate drinks.|
|Dairy products:||Yoghurts, dairy desserts and fromage frais.|
|Confectionery:||Chewing gum, sweets, chocolate, breath mints.|
|Table-top sweeteners:||Tablets and spoon-for-spoon powders.|
|Frozen desserts:||Ice cream and frozen snacks.|
|Powdered products:||Powdered soft drinks, milkshake mixes, and multivitamin drinks.|
|Cereals:||Cereal mixes, mueslis.|
|Preserves:||Fruit preserves, canned fruits.|
|Pharmaceuticals:||Effervescent tablets, chewable tablets and sachets.|
Aspartame Tastes Like Sugar
Aspartame Does Not Promote Tooth Decay
Aspartame is Helpful for Individuals with Diabetes
Scientific Studies Show Aspartame is Beneficial in Weight Control
Aspartame Can Be Part of a Healthful Diet
Aspartame is one of the most widely used sweetening ingredients in the world. Products sweetened with aspartame make an enjoyable contribution to a healthier diet. For example, by using table-top sweeteners to sweeten hot and cold drinks, such as tea, coffee and home made lemonade, you can reduce both your calorie and carbohydrate intake. Products sweetened with aspartame can also be used in recipes for sweet and savoury low calorie foods and drinks that can be made at home.
The safety of aspartame has been studied extensively since its discovery with research that includes animal studies, clinical and epidemiological research, and postmarketing surveillance.