A New Artificial Sweetener: Advantame

Lumps of Diabetes

Sugar or advantame?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this last spring approved a new artificial sweetener called advantame. The press release calls it a high-intensity sweetener, which is a new term for me. Advantame joins five other artificial sweeteners:  saccharin (e.g., Sweet’N Low), aspartame (Equal and others), acesulfame potassium (Sweet One and others), sucralose (Splenda), and neotame (Newtame).

From the FDA:

High-intensity sweeteners, such as advantame, may be used in place of sugar for a number of reasons, including that they do not contribute calories or only contribute a few calories to the diet. High-intensity sweeteners also generally will not raise blood sugar levels.

Advantame is a free-flowing, water soluble, white crystalline powder that is stable even at higher temperatures, and can be used as a tabletop sweetener as well as in cooking applications. Advantame has been approved for use as a general-purpose sweetener and flavor enhancer and can be used in baked goods, non-alcoholic beverages (including soft drinks), chewing gum, confections and frostings, frozen desserts, gelatins and puddings, jams and jellies, processed fruits and fruit juices, toppings, and syrups.

I haven’t seen it in stores yet.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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3 responses to “A New Artificial Sweetener: Advantame

  1. One of the things about Aspartame is that if you look at the formula (dipeptide methyl ester: two amino acids and methanol). It’s obviously safe and when it came out many years ago, I knew it would get approval and thought it was a good idea to buy stock in Searle (unfortunately in the Stock Market, it is not enough to have a good idea, you also have to remember to buy the stock). The formula for this new thing is definitely far out. You can just see a robotic chemical synthesizer trying to attach every possible thing under the sun to aspartame and giving it to some poor taster. May wait a few years before putting that in my mouth. Of course sucralose is not natural either but it probably comes straight through or it may be that we just got used to the idea.

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