AspartameAspartame is perhaps the most explored sweetener on the market today, and also likely the most controversial. The compound was originally found by a scientist in 1965, and is now used as a low-calorie sweetner. Aspartame was usually sold as the brand NutraSweet until 2009, when it changed to the brand name AminoSweet.
This sweetener is estimated to be 200 times sweeter than the natural sweetener, sucrose. One interesting thing about aspartame is that, when digested, it breaks down into its different parts - – the amino acids, aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and a small amount of methanol (which is the part that is widely debated). Many of the components of aspartame are found in many common foods (meat, milk, etc) and are used by the body in the same ways.
Because of the way that aspartame is broken down and processed, medical reviews and research studies have found that aspartame is safe if consumed in moderation. In fact, the FDA has stated that an average adult should not have any more than 50 milligrams of aspartame per kilogram of body weight per day. To achieve that, an average-sized adult (approximately 150 lbs) would have to consume over 20 cans of diet soda every single day.
The main place for you to find aspartame is in diet soft drinks, even though it does exist in a number of other places as well. Some prescriptions, fruit drinks, and chewing gun may contain aspartame as well, but they definitely do not have as much as a can of soda. An average sized can of soda (12 fluid ounces) has approximately 180 milligrams of aspartame.
If you would like more information about the controversial artificial sweetener, aspartame, here are three websites that you could take a look at for more information:
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