What is aspartame?

NutraSweet® is the NutraSweet Company's brand name for the low-calorie sweetener aspartame. It is used to sweeten a variety of foods and beverages and is about 200 times sweeter than sugar.

Studies conducted with taste-test panels show that aspartame's taste is very similar to the taste of sugar. In addition, aspartame has the ability to intensify and extend fruit flavors, such as cherry, strawberry and citrus flavors such as orange, in foods and beverages. For example, aspartame makes chewing gum taste sweet and more flavorful longer than sugar-sweetened gum.

Aspartame (L-a aspartyl -L-phenylalanine methyl ester) was discovered in 1965. After more than 100 scientific studies were conducted and reviewed, it was granted approval for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1981.

The chemical structure of aspartame is:

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