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:
- epileptic seizures
- high blood pressure
- Alzheimer's disease
Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E951:
- diet foods
- soft drinks