What Are Aspartame? An Artificial Sweetener

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What is aspartame? Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in as a sugar replacement in food and beverages. Which was an accidental discovery in 1965 when 2 amino acids were mixed. Physical and Chemical Properties? Chemical Properties Physical Properties Aspartame has a molar mass of 294.3g/mol. The chemical formula for Aspartame is C14H18N2O5 Aspartame is soluble in water in small amounts at a time (However if people were going to use solute Aspartame to use in a beverage, a small amount would be used since it is 200x sweeter than sugar.) People born with phenylketonuria should avoid ingesting Aspartame because it can lead to mental illness because people with this illness lack the chemical to break it down. pH between 4,5 and 6,0…show more content…
The current price of sugar as of September 15, 2017 is $0.1517 per pound ($0.32 USD per KG). But the numbers so all of this is a rough price of aspartame compared to sugar. Aspartame is $0.0256 per KG Majority of people ingest around 5% - 20% of the acceptable daily intake of aspartame The acceptable daily intake of aspartame is set at 50 milligrams per kilogram by the World Health Organization Therefore consumption in all age groups and selected subpopulations, even at the 90th percentile, is approximately 2-10 mg/kg/day. Which means people normally ingest 730 - 3,650 mg/kg/year. Modified E. coli are put into tanks so that they can defecate the proteins that contain the phenylalanine amino acid used to make aspartame. Safety? Aspartame is a health hazard to the few people born with phenylketonuria, an inability to process phenylalanine (Which is an ingredient in aspartame), which may lead to mental illness for those with the illness. E. coli virus is involved with the creation of aspartame (E. coli bacteria need to defecate) Said to have been linked with cancer Has addictive properties It is widely debated whether aspartame causes cancer, however a test was composed on 4000 rats with extremely high
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