Aspartame is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Flavour enhancer - Improves the taste and/or aroma of foods
  • Sweetener - A substance which imparts a sweet taste to food for fewer kilojoules than sugar

Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Aspartame
European Union
Approved Aspartame
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Aspartame
Afghanistan
Unknown None
Philippines
Approved Aspartame
Austria
Approved Aspartame
Belgium
Approved Aspartame
Bulgaria
Approved Aspartame
Cyprus
Approved Aspartame
Czech Republic
Approved Aspartame
Denmark
Approved Aspartame
Estonia
Approved Aspartame
Finland
Approved Aspartame
France
Approved Aspartame
Germany
Approved Aspartame
Greece
Approved Aspartame
Hungary
Approved Aspartame
Ireland
Approved Aspartame
Italy
Approved Aspartame
Latvia
Approved Aspartame
Lithuania
Approved Aspartame
Luxembourg
Approved Aspartame
Malta
Approved Aspartame
Netherlands
Approved Aspartame
Poland
Approved Aspartame
Portugal
Approved Aspartame
Romania
Approved Aspartame
Slovakia
Approved Aspartame
Slovenia
Approved Aspartame
Spain
Approved Aspartame
Sweden
Approved Aspartame
United Kingdom
Approved Aspartame
Australia
Approved Aspartame
New Zealand
Approved Aspartame

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E951 - Aspartame: Linked to many health problmes including cancer, asthma, nausea, depressions, hyperactivity, seizures. The most complained about food additive accounting for 75% of all complaints to FDA

Additive Alert

Synthetic substance - yes

E951 - Aspartame: A synthetic swetener.

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E951 - Aspartame: Artificial sweetener, too many adverse effects possible to list, 92 documented with the US FDA!, Some people are allergic to aspartame, migraine headaches are a common reaction in these people. Research currently in the USA in regard to incidence of brain tumours. Diet drinks containing it are banned for U.S. Airforce pilots and in an pilots magazine, commercial pilots are told to avoid it. In 9,000 products from low joule to pharmaceuticals. AVOID IT!

MBM Foods

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E951 - Aspartame: Artificial sweetener, too many adverse effects possible to list, 92 documented with the US FDA!, Some people are allergic to aspartame, migraine headaches are a common reaction in these people. Research currently in the USA in regard to incidence of brain tumours. Diet drinks containing it are banned for U.S. Airforce pilots and in an pilots magazine, commercial pilots are told to avoid it. In 9,000 products from low joule to pharmaceuticals. AVOID IT!

MBM Foods

Genetically engineered - yes

E951 - Aspartame: A building block of aspartame, the amino acid phenylalanine, may be manufactured with the aid of genetically modified micro-organisms (escherichia coli). This process has been used industrially in the USA for many years.

GMO Compass

Biotechnology used in production - yes

E951 - Aspartame: A building block of aspartame, the amino acid phenylalanine, may be manufactured with the aid of genetically modified micro-organisms (escherichia coli). This process has been used industrially in the USA for many years.

GMO Compass

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E951 - Aspartame: Avoid this product In 2005, the first such study was released. It found that even low doses of aspartame increased the incidence of lymphomas and leukemias in female rats and also might have caused occasional brain tumors. While the study does not prove with certainty that aspartame is unsafe, it indicates that companies and consumers should avoid using it. Some people have reported dizziness, hallucinations, or headache after drinking diet soda, and one independent study confirmed that aspartame can cause headaches in sensitive individuals. Obviously, anyone who thinks they have been affected by aspartame should avoid it. Also, the few people with the rare disease PKU (phenylketonuria) need to avoid it. Worth a visit to DORway for more information on this chemical. Pregnant women please

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E951 - Aspartame: Artificial sweetener, too many adverse effects possible to list, some people are allergic to aspartame, migraine headaches a common reaction in these people

DFlock

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E951 - Aspartame: Artificial sweetener, too many adverse effects possible to list, some people are allergic to aspartame, migraine headaches a common reaction in these people

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E951 - Aspartame: An artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages. Aspartame is a methyl ester of the aspartic acid/phenylalanine dipeptide.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E951 - Aspartame: May cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

APM
Aspartyl phenylalanine methyl ester
(3R)-3-Amino-4-[[(2R)-1-methoxy-1-oxo-3-phenylpropan-2-yl]amino]-4-oxobutanoic acid
L-Aspartyl-L-phenylalaninemethyl ester
Laevo-Aspartyl-laevo-phenyl alanine methyl ester

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 22839-47-0
  • EINECS Number: 245-261-3
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