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E951 - Aspartame

Additives: E951 - Aspartame

Functions: Sweetener

Aspartame -APM- is an artificial non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages. In the European Union, it is codified as E951. Aspartame is a methyl ester of the aspartic acid/phenylalanine dipeptide. A panel of experts set up by the European Food Safety Authority concluded in 2013 that aspartame is safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure. As of 2018, evidence does not support a long-term benefit for weight loss or in diabetes. Because its breakdown products include phenylalanine, people with the genetic condition phenylketonuria -PKU- must be aware of this as an additional source.It was first sold under the brand name NutraSweet. It was first made in 1965, and the patent expired in 1992. It was initially approved for use in food products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -FDA- in 1981. The safety of aspartame has been the subject of several political and medical controversies, United States congressional hearings, and Internet hoaxes. - Wikipedia

Risk of overexposure

EFSA evaluation: Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame -E 951- as a food additive. (2013-12-10)

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has determined that no population groups has more than 5% of members at risk of consuming more than the acceptable daily intake of E951 - Aspartame.

To evaluate your exposure to the E951 - Aspartame food additive, you can browse our list of products that contain it. See the list of products with E951 - Aspartame below.

Names: Aspartame, APM, Aspartyl phenylalanine methyl ester, L-Aspartyl-L-phenylalaninemethyl ester

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