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Definition of aspartame

: a crystalline compound C14H18N2O5 that is a diamide synthesized from phenylalanine and aspartic acid and that is used as a low-calorie sweetener

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Recent Examples on the Web In 1982, Tab was reformulated yet again to include Nutrasweet, also known as aspartame. Jeffrey Miller, The Conversation, "The rise and fall of Tab – after surviving the sweetener scares, the iconic diet soda gets canned," 23 Nov. 2020 But Tab drinkers protested the change to the drink’s flavor profile, and the company dropped aspartame from the recipe. Jeffrey Miller, The Conversation, "The rise and fall of Tab – after surviving the sweetener scares, the iconic diet soda gets canned," 23 Nov. 2020 Diet drinks contained only non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose and natural sweeteners such as stevia. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Diet drinks linked to heart issues, study finds. Here's what to do," 26 Oct. 2020 Company technicians had developed a smoother flavor than Tab and in 1983 tweaked Diet Coke to deploy a new artificial sweetener called aspartame, which didn’t leave the metallic aftertaste that saccharin did. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Tab, Coca-Cola’s Diet-Soda Pioneer and a ’70s Icon, Is Going Away," 16 Oct. 2020 Now the space next to the cafeteria has been repurposed as a round-the-clock N95 fit-testing station, thrumming with staff members getting sprayed with aspartame. Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, "A Bellevue Doctor’s Pandemic Diary," 1 Oct. 2020 Cane sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, Splenda, aspartame, saccharin, and corn syrup. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "What You Can (and Can’t) Eat on a Keto Diet," 23 June 2020 While the body can handle small amounts of it, usually found in fruits and vegetables and diet sodas containing aspartame, larger amounts can be dangerous to ingest. Asia Ewart,, "FDA Warns That These 9 Hand Sanitizer Brands May Contain Toxic Materials," 22 June 2020 In that experiment, researchers recruited a mix of normal preschoolers and those whose parents described them as sensitive to sugar, then randomly assigned some kids to eat sugary food and others to eat foods sweetened with aspartame. Virginia Sole-smith, New York Times, "Sugar Is Not the Enemy," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of aspartame

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aspartame

aspartic acid + phenylalanine + methyl + ester

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“Aspartame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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Medical Definition of aspartame

: a crystalline dipeptide ester C14H18N2O5 that is synthesized from the amino acids phenylalanine and aspartic acid and is used as a low-calorie sweetener — see nutrasweet

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