Is aspartame safe?

Yes. Aspartame is safe. It is one of the most thoroughly researched ingredients in the world.

Science and health professional organizations have affirmed sugar substitutes, like aspartame, are safe. So have food safety authorities, like the FDA.

However, if you have the rare hereditary disorder phenylketonuria (PKU), you should strictly limit your intake of phenylalanine. This is a common amino acid found in aspartame. If we use aspartame, we say on our bottles and cans that there is phenylalanine so please check closely.

Have questions about PKU or your diet? Please talk to your doctor.

There is phenylalanine in Diet Coke. There is also phenylalanine in Coke Zero Sugar. If you have the rare hereditary disorder PKU, you should strictly limit your intake of phenylalanine.

Top 4 things to know about aspartame and aspartame safety

  1. The FDA approved aspartame in 1981.
  2. You may know aspartame as NutraSweet® or Equal®.
  3. The FDA’s acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aspartame is like a 132-pound adult having 75 tabletop packets a day. This is how much you can safely have.
  4. If you have the rare hereditary disorder PKU, you should strictly limit your intake of phenylalanine. This is a common amino acid found in aspartame. If we use aspartame, we say on our bottles and cans that there is phenylalanine so please check closely.

We recommend that anyone with PKU who has questions about their diet contact their doctor.

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