About AspartameI. Aspartame has outstanding advantages. It is made by joining two protein components, aspartic acid and phenylalanine, which are found in all protein-containing.
|Pleasant and natural sweetness(evaluated in taste tests)||Aspartame has natural sweetness similar to sugar; it leaves' pleasant taste in your mouth.|
|About 200 times as sweet as sugar||Aspartame is about 200 times as sweet as an equal amount of sugar. Only a small amount of Aspartame is enough to sweeten food.|
|Effectively Reduces Calories||
Aspartame has only 4 calories/g, 1/200 as much as sugar gives the same sweetness.
So, Aspartame is effective in reducing the calorie of food.
Aspartame is used as a table top sweetener and in soft drinks such as Pepsi-Cola, and its applications are expanding to powdered juices, powdered desserts, chewing gum, frozen juices, ice cream, and yogurt.
|Does not cause tooth decay||Since Aspartame is based on two amino acids, not saccharide like sugar, Aspartame does not cause tooth decay.|
|It is digested absorbed, and metabolized in a way similar to protein||Aspartame is digested just like any other protein. Upon digestion, Aspartame breaks down into its basic components and is absorbed into the blood.|
II. The safety of Aspartame has been thoroughly proven by the United Nations' JECFA, the FDA in the United States, the European Union Scientific Committee for Food (SCF) and the Welfare Ministry (at present Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare) of Japan
III. Aspartame Approved of for Use in More Than 120 countries
The safety of Aspartame has been thoroughly proven by the United Nations' JECFA, the FDA in the United States, the European Union Scientific Committee for Food (SCF) and the Welfare Ministry (at present Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare) of Japan.
To prove the safety of food additives, tests have been preferred on mammalian laboratory animals such as mice, rats, rabbits, and dogs, because of their similarity to humans.
The following tests were made on Aspartame:
- 1) In-vivo fate test, which was designed to study how Aspartame was decomposed, absorbed, metabolized, and eliminated from the body,
- 2) acute, subacute, and chronic toxicity tests, which were designed to investigate symptoms and effects caused by Aspartame given at high doses or for long periods,
- 3) multi-generation test, which was designed to confirm that Aspartame has no effects over two or more generations,
- 4) tetragenicity test,
- 5) mutagenicity test, and
- 6) carcinogenicity test.
Based on the results of these tests and the reviews by experts, and evaluation was done to determine whether Aspartame is safe in an actual diet.
The safety of Aspartame was proven for all of these aspects in the tests.
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