Thursday, 31 May 2012

Artificial Sweeteners using Aspartame

If you're looking for a low calorie alternative to sugar, there are numerous options available. One of the most widely used artificial sweeteners is aspartame and as such, is commonly found in a wide variety of reduced calorie food and beverages as well as low calorie sweeteners.

Aspartame has a similar taste to sugar but is approximately 200 times sweeter. It has less than four calories per teaspoon and is digested by the body as a protein. It’s not heat stable as it can lose  sweetness over time.

Acesulfame-K is also 200 times sweeter than sugar but is not absorbed by the body. It’s usually combined with other sweeteners, such as aspartame which helps make it heat stable for use in cooking. Adding acesulfame-K to aspartame results in an even sweeter flavour while masking any aftertaste. Some artificial sweeteners contain just aspartame, while others have both aspartame and acesulfame-K.

Below is a selection of popular artificial sweeteners using aspartame and/or acesulfame-K which are available in the U.K.

Artificial Sweeteners Using Aspartame / Acesulfame-K

Brand Name
Calories per Teaspoon/Tablet
Canderel Spoonful Granulated (Red jar)
Maltodextrine, Sweeteners: Aspartame* and Acesulfame-K, Flavouring, *Contains a source of Phenylalanine.
Canderel Tablets (Red pack)
Lactose (from Milk), Sweeteners: Aspartame* and Acesulfame-K, Leucine, Cross-linked CMC, Flavouring, *Contains a source of Phenylalanine.
Hermesetas Granulated
Maltodextrin 55%, Fructofibres® (Inulin 34%, Oligo-Fructose 8%), Sweeteners (Aspartame* 2%, Acesulfame-K 1%), * Phenylketonurics: Contains a source of phenylalanine
Kruger 300 Sweeteners
Sweetener (Aspartame), Lactose (from Milk), Maize Starch, Anticaking Agents (Carboxy Methyl Cellulose, L-Leucin)
Simply Sweet Granulated
Maltodextrin , Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid) , Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Aspartame), Aspartame contains a source of Phenylalanine .
SlendaSweet Granulated,  Sainsbury's
Maltodextrin; sweetener : Aspartame.  Contains a source of phenylalanine
SlendaSweet Tablets, Sainsbury's
Glycine; sweetener : Aspartame; stabiliser : Cross-linked Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose; Leucine. Contains a source of phenylalanine
Slimmer 600 Tablets
Lactose, Sweeteners: Acesulfame-K,and Aspartame*, Leucine cross linked sodium CMC, E31. *Contains a source of phenylalanine
Slimmer Sweetener Granulated
Maltodextrin, Sweeteners: Acesulfame K and Aspartame*, flavouring *contains a source of phenylalanine)
Sweet 'N Low Granulated Sweetener  Sachets
Bulking Agent: Unidex (Aglomerated Dextrose and Maltodextrin), Sweeteners: Acesulfame-K and Aspartame*, Silicon Dioxide, Natural Flavour.  *Contains a source of phenylalanine.
Sweetness & Light Granulated,  Silver Spoon
Maltodextrin, Sweetener: Acesulfame-K and Aspartame. Contains a source of Phenylalanine
Sweetness & Light Mini Cubes,  Silver Spoon
Lactose (from Milk), Sweeteners: Acesulfame-K and Aspartame, Stabiliser: Cellulose Gum, Natural Flavouring. Contains a source of Phenylalanine
Tesco Granulated Sweetener
Maltodextrin, Sweetener (Aspartame) (3%). Contains a source of phenylalanine.
Tesco Low Calorie Sweeteners Tablets
Milk Sugar, Sweetener (Aspartame), Anti-caking agents (Carboxymethylcellulose, L-Leucine),Maize Starch. Contains a source of phenylalanine.

For more information on aspartame, see Aspartame Information Center.

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