What Is Aspartame?

1. Aspartame is a non caloric sweetener. It was discovered in 1965 and entered the market in the 80’s. A number of national and international organizations have assessed the safety of aspartame and an international committee of experts established an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) value. However, some allegations of health risks have launched a debate. 


2. Aspartame is a white, odourless powder, approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar, used in a number of foodstuffs throughout the world. It is marketed under several brand names, including Canderel® and NutraSweet®, and is labelled E951 in Europe. Aspartame is stable when dry or frozen but it breaks down and loses its sweetness over time when stored in liquids at temperatures above 30°C.