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Aspartame is unique in that it is the low calorie sweetener that tastes most like sugar. By providing the sweetness that people enjoy, aspartame enables food and beverage manufacturers to produce low calorie foods and drinks that taste excellent.

Aspartame is made from two amino acids, the building blocks of protein that occur widely in the food we eat every day, including eggs, meat, cheese, fish, cereals, fruit and milk. When we consume products with aspartame, it is digested to very small amounts of common dietary components. Apart from an excellent sweet taste without calories, aspartame brings nothing new to our diet.

Many taste tests have shown that people cannot tell the difference between products sweetened with aspartame and those sweetened with sugar. It means that we can all enjoy many sweet foods and drinks, without having to worry about calorie intake.


Here you can find the answers to any questions that you might have about how foods and drinks with aspartame can be a healthy part of your diet. In addition, a search facility enables you to look up any particular topic, wherever it appears on the site.

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The excellent taste of aspartame was discovered in 1965 by James Schlatter, a researcher who was at that time working at G. D. Searle, a pharmaceutical company. Jim was working with amino acids, looking for a new treatment for ulcers, when he first noticed a remarkable sweetness. More

Scientific Library

Aspartame is probably the most thoroughly researched food ingredient that there is. The benefits and the safety of aspartame are supported by a huge body of scientific evidence. You can read summaries of some of the key scientific research studies in our library.

Opinions about Aspartame

Health authorities, governments and medical organizations all over the world support the use of aspartame in foods and drinks. You can read the statements of many of these independent authorities that have evaluated the scientific information about aspartame here.


Foods and drinks sweetened with aspartame can help you to maintain a healthy body weight when used as part of a lifestyle that includes sensible diet and regular exercise. Here are links to other sites that provide more information.

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