Aspartame (Nutritive Sweetener)
FAQs about Aspartame (Nutritive Sweetener) for Food
What is aspartame?
This compound, identified with the code E951, is found in its commercial form as a white, odorless powder, which is obtained from the mixture of two essential amino acids and the use of alcohol to metabolize it. Its main characteristic is that it produces up to 200 times more sweetness than traditional sugar.
What is aspartame used for?
As has already been mentioned, the main property of this additive is to generate up to 200 times more sweetness in the foods in which it is found, which allows a smaller amount to be used to obtain the desired flavor. That is why its main use is sweet drinks. However, this product is not recommended for products that require high temperatures since its molecule is modified and can generate an unwanted bitter taste in your products.
Where aspartame is found?
In general terms, it can be said that this ingredient is commercially added to all low-calorie products such as:
2. Carbonated drinks.
3. Chewing gum.
4. Flavored water-based beverages.
6. Ice cream.
7. Iced tea.
9. Nutrition bars.
10. Yogurt and other dairy products low in sugar.
Are aspartame and sucralose the same?
No, although they are synthetic sweeteners, they have notable differences. The main one is its application, while aspartame turns bitter at high temperatures, sucralose does not and therefore it is suitable for products that require high temperatures for their manufacture. In terms of sweetening power, sucralose can generate up to 500 times more than table sugar does, while aspartame has 200 times more power. Remember that in mySibi you can also find sucralose for your products.
Why aspartame is unstable at cooking temperature?
The reason why aspartame is not used in products that require high temperatures for its preparation is because it begins to decompose at temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), producing diketopiperazine, which generates that unwanted bitter taste. . If you want to use aspartame for your baked goods, you can purchase aspartame encapsulated with hydrogenated oils.