Surprising Foods Containing Aspartame

Aspartame Products

Aspartame Products

Aspartame is a sugar substitute widely used in sugar-free drinks, candies and desserts and in tabletop sweeteners. It is made of two amino acids – aspartic acid and phenylalanine – and breaks down into these two components and methanol upon digestion.

Aspartame has been controversial since its approval as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981. The FDA maintains that aspartame is one of the most thoroughly studied food additives the agency has ever approved and is safe. However, some consumers have reported symptoms ranging from headaches to gastrointestinal problems from aspartame.

Aspartame is marketed under the names Equal® and Nutrasweet®. Some children’s sugar-free snacks and beverages may contain aspartame. It is now estimated that over 6,000 food and drink products worldwide containing this popular artificial sweetener.

Aspartame’s components separate when heated over time, resulting in a loss of sweetness. If a food containing aspartame were inadvertently heated, it would still be safe, but would simply not provide the desired sweetness. Aspartame is a very popular and permitted non-nutritive sweetener used in some carbonated diet soft drinks and other beverages.

You might be surprised to learn about some of the foods you consume that contain aspartame. Besides the obvious products like diet sodas, there are many brands of chewing gum that contain aspartame. Most non-fat diet foods contain an amount of aspartame and the same goes for most sugar-free candy.

Following is a general list of products that usually contain aspartame. Specific brand names are left out. Again, you just might be surprised:

*Breath Mints

*Carbonated Soft Drinks

*Cereals

*Chewing Gum

*Flavored Syrups for Coffee

*Flavored Water Products

*Frozen Ice

*Frozen Ice Cream Novelties

*Fruit Spreads

*Gelatin, Sugar Free

*Hard Candies

*Ice cream Toppings

*Ice Creams, No Sugar Added or Sugar Free

*Iced Tea, Powder

*Iced Tea, Ready to Drink

*Instant Cocoa Mix

*Jams & Jellies

*Juice Blends

*Juice Drinks

*Maple Syrups

*Meal Replacements

*Mousse

*No Sugar Added Pies

*Non-Carbonated Diet Soft drinks

*Nutritional Bars

*Powdered Soft Drinks

*Protein Nutritional Drinks

*Pudding

*Soft Candy Chews

*Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup

*Sugar Free Cookies

· Sugar Free Ketchup

*Table Top Sweeteners

*Vegetable Drinks

*Yogurt, Drinkable

*Yogurt, Fat Free

*Yogurt, Sugar Free

We want to hear from you! Tell us your most surprising foods that contain aspartame. To find out if your favorite brands contains aspartame, go to Foodfacts.com.

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