Aspartame Side Effects

Aspartame E951 Side Effects

Aspartame E951, also known as Aspartam or APM, is a artificial sweetener with zero calorie used in sugar-free products. Though it’s considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.

What Is It?

Aspartame, CAS Number 22839-47-0, with E number E951, manufactured through L-Aspartic acid and L-Phenylalanine as raw materials, available as white powder or granular. Aspartame is widely used as low calorie sweeteners in many food products replace sugar, such as carbonated beverages, jams, instant coffee, frozen milk, chewing gum, sweet meat and salad dressing. It is 200 times sweeter than sucrose.

Possible Side Effects of Aspartame E951

# PKU person cannot intake the food with aspartame: aspartame E951 get metabolized toL-Phenylalanine in the body, meaning that it doesn’t get excreted in the same form as intake.

# Aspartame disease: Some of these symptoms include headache, dpression, dizziness, change in mood, vomiting or nausea, abdominal pain and cramps, change in vision, diarrhea, seizures/convulsions, memory loss, and fatigue.

# Cancer risk: rat can develop brain cancer, as well as leukemia and lymphoma.

# Methanol Poisoning: Methanol is the by product when Aspartame break down,Methanol may risk the central nervous system, causing vision disturbances and toxic to the brain.

GRAS Affirmation: Yes

Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Aspartame E951 is considered safe by FDA according to existing data and granted GRAS status.

Suggested Dosage

Dosage of Aspartame in large quantity may hurt our health, please follow the guideline of using Aspartame E951: ADI 0-40 mg/kg
* ADI: Acceptable Daily Intake
* MTDI: maximum tolerable daily intake
* Data source: JECFA Database of WHO

Special Populations Precaution

There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Aspartame populations. As with most things for Newborns, children, pregnant, it is always best to consult with your health care provider about what artificial ingredients are safe for you to use.
Aspartame is safe and suitable for all segments of the population. There is no evidence that Aspartame E951 could have any side effects on these vulnerable populations.

Yet, some people still believe that the use of Aspartame E951 should be limited in infants, children, and pregnant women.

How to avoid Aspartame E951

By reading the labels of the foods and drinks you purchase, you should be able to identify the sweetener. It will be listed as Aspartame, or APM, according to the FDA. It could also be labeled under the brand names.

As it’s a sugar replacement sweetener, you will largely find it in sugar-free or low-sugar products. Diet sodas may be sweetened with a combination of Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners.

Related Research

1. A review of the genotoxic and carcinogenic effects of aspartame: does it safe or not? [Cytotechnology. 2014 Feb 8] Author: Yılmaz S, Uçar A.

2. One on one. Is aspartame safe to use? [Mayo Clin Womens Healthsource. 2001 Jan] Author: [No authors listed]

3. Aspartame: ensuring safe intake levels in children. [J Am Diet Assoc. 1990 Mar] Author: [No authors listed]

4. Saccharin and aspartame: are they safe to consume during pregnancy? [J Reprod Med. 1988 Aug] Author: Nabors LO.

5. Is it safe to consume aspartame during pregnancy? A review. Nutrition update. [Diabetes Educ. 1986 Spring] Author: Franz M.

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