Aspartame allows many food and beverage products to possess the sweet taste of sugar, without the added calories and risk of tooth decay.
It can also intensify and extend many fruity flavors, and its sweet taste lasts longer than sucrose.
For those who suffer from diabetes Aspartame can be used as an alternative to high sugar foods.
Food and Beverage:
Aspartame is a sweetener added to many diet sodas and soft drinks, instant breakfasts, breath mints, cocoa mixes, chewing gum, frozen desserts, gelatin desserts, juices, laxatives, chewable vitamins, shake mixes, tabletop sweeteners, teas, instant coffees and yogurts.
Aspartame is used in many pharmaceutical chewable tablets as a sugar replacement. Ex. Tylenol, Alka-Seltzer tablets and DIMETAPP.
Aspartame is a sweetener used in many food products as a sugar substitute, as it is 200 times sweeter than sucrose. It is a methyl ester comprised of the amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine and its chemical composition gives it a high amount of energy per gram with a negligible caloric contribution. Aspartame’s sweetness lasts longer than sucrose, and so it is often combined with other artificial sweeteners.
Aspartame has been approved for human consumption by over 90 countries worldwide, and genotoxicity studies as well as the National Cancer Institute have found no significant evidence implicating Aspartame in cancers of humans and animals.
Aspartame is currently sold under the names Equal, NutraSweet and Canderel, and is an ingredient in over 6000 consumer beverages
Aspartame was first discovered in 1965 by chemist James M. Schlatter, who was employed by G.D. Seattle & Company. It was found to be an intermediate of the chemical reaction that produces the hormone gastrin to find anti-ulcer treatments.The compound was first marketed as NutraSweet, a non-saccharide sweetener that could be used in food and beverage products.