What is Aspartame?

Curious about low-calorie sweeteners?  You’re not alone.  Conflicting information about low-calorie sweeteners seems to be reaching new heights, so we’ve searched high and low for the facts. Here’s the low-down on aspartame.

What sets aspartame apart from other low-calorie sweeteners is its parts.  Aspartame is made of two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine. When consumed, aspartame is broken down into these two amino acids and a small amount of methanol, all of which are also found naturally in fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs.

Aspartame is the primary sweetener found in brand names like Equal® and Nutrasweet® and has been FDA-approved since 1981.

Before you depart, check out our latest aspartame infographic below.

Still looking for more? Take our Aspartame Fact Sheet as a parting gift.