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Aspartame is an artificial sweetener made up of two amino acids: Aspartic acid and Phenylalanine. It is about 180 times sweeter than sugar and contains about four calories per gram.
Many scientific studies have established the safety of aspartame. Conducted over the past 25 years by researchers at universities and health organisations throughout the world, these studies were reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration before aspartame was first approved for use in products. The FDA's approval has been supported by many regulatory agencies and medical associations around the world. In addition, the FDA has reaffirmed the safety of aspartame over 20 times over the past quarter century for use in the different types of foods and beverages.
Since aspartame contains Phenylalanine, it should not be used by persons with phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare disease. In addition, some people are sensitive to aspartame and report headaches and other ill effects from its use. For most people, aspartame is fine in moderate amounts.
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