How much do you know about the additives you consume on a daily basis in your diet? Although available for over thirty years, aspartame is an additive not heard of by many people. Extensive studies on humans and animals have confirmed that the consumption of this additive is safe for humans.
Aspartame is a very low energy sweetener. Although it is two hundred times sweeter than sugar, it only has 4 calories per gram and needs very little in sweetening the food. The good thing about him is that he does not add any calories to the groceries. it perfectly imitates the taste of sugar and enhances the aromas of citrus and other fruits and does not damage our teeth.
A range of food products use aspartame as a sweetener, with about 6,000 drinks and food items, soft drinks, sweets, desserts, yogurts, chewing gum and table sweeteners.
You can check whether a food product or beverage contains aspartame on the product label. It contains the E-number as well as other additives approved by the European Union. It will say aspartame or E-951 on the tag.
Products containing aspartame should be labeled as a source of phenylalanine. Some people suffer from the rare digestive disorder phenylketonuria that is hereditary. These people cannot break down phenylalanine, so good control of your amino acid intake is essential.
Aspartame underwent extensive research before being approved. Regulatory authorities from around the world have evaluated the studies, conducted genotoxicity studies and found no evidence that aspartame is genotoxic or carcinogenic.
In the 1980s, aspartame was approved by individual Member States, and in 1994 European legislation harmonized the use of low-calorie sweeteners in food products. All committees until 2014 confirmed that aspartame was not harmful to human health.
In many countries, aspartame consumption has been measured and measurements have shown that it consumes much less than the acceptable daily intake. People on a diet, people with diabetes, and children also bring in less of this sweetener than the daily allowable dose. Therefore, as far as this additive is concerned, you can be calm and consume it as much as you like.
Author: S.G., Photo: Amero / Shutterstock