E951

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E951 is a food additive approved by the EU (European Union). It is used as a synthetic sweetener in food and drink products.

The common name for E951 is aspartame.

Aspartame is approximately x180 sweeter than sugar. Although having a calorific value, the tiny amount needed to create a sweetened taste results in a negligible calorie content in the food product, resulting in the use of E951 in diet foods.

However, E951 has been associated with many adverse physical and psychological effects, such as:

  • nausea
  • migraines
  • blindness
  • epileptic seizures
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • Alzheimer's disease

Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E951:

  • sweets
  • diet foods
  • soft drinks

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