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Ajinomoto: Aspartame will be called AminoSweet

Ajinomoto says in a press release published at foodbev.com that the company is launching a new initiative that will brand aspartame AminoSweet.

Ajinomoto says the new name reflects that the artificial sweetener comes from the same amino acids found in foods indicating that the compound is as safe as food or amino acids.

Aspartame is the methyl ester of a phenylalanine/aspartic acid dipeptide, according to wikipedia.

Naturalnews.com, an advocate for natural health, said this move is a tactic to fool those who would otherwise avoid aspartame by all means to use foods and beverages with the sweetener.

Some animal model studies suggest that high intake of sodas with aspartame may lead to long term side effects including increased risk of cancer.  But not all studies come to the same conclusion.

The Food and Drug Administration which approved the use of aspartame in human foods in 1974 has been saying the additive is safe to use.

By Jimmy Downs