Neotame is a no-calorie sweetener, which is a derivative of the dipeptide composed of the amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine. The components of neotame are joined together to form a uniquely sweet ingredient.

Relative Sweetness: Neotame is sweeter than other marketed no-calorie sweeteners and is approximately 30-40 times sweeter than aspartame; 7,000-13,000 times sweeter than sugar. Neotame will deliver comparable sweetness to sucrose in various applications.

Metabolism: Quickly metabolized and fully eliminated by the body via normal biological processes.

Assets: Neotame has a clean, sweet taste like sucrose and unique flavor enhancement properties. At projected trace levels of use, neotame will provide a full, sweet taste in foods and beverages.

Limitations: None are identified by the manufacturer.

Applications: Has applicability in foods and beverages, including but not limited to, chewing gum, carbonated soft drinks, refrigerated and non-refrigerated ready-to-drink beverages, tabletop sweeteners, frozen desserts and novelties, puddings and fillings, yogurt-type products, baked goods and candies. It can also be used in both cooking and baking applications.

Safety: Extensive research has been conducted on neotame to establish its safety as a sweetening ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed over 100 scientific studies before approving neotame.

Status: The FDA approved the use of neotame as a general purpose sweetener in July 2002. Neotame also is approved for use in Australia and New Zealand.

Health Groups: 

“Substituting non-nutritive sweeteners for sugars added to foods and beverages may help people reach and maintain a healthy body weight – as long as the substitution doesn’t lead to eating additional calories later as compensation. For people with diabetes, non-nutritive sweeteners used alone or in foods and beverages remain an option and when used appropriately can aid in glucose control.”
— American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association, “Nonnutritive Sweeteners: Current Use and Health Perspectives,” 2012.
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