Advantame Sweetener Approved in U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Advantame as a general purpose sweetener and flavor enhancer in foods.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

From the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

The FDA approves the use of the artificial sweetener Advantame

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Advantame for use as a general purpose sweetener and flavor enhancer in foods, except meat and poultry.

High intensity sweeteners such as Advantame, can be used to replace sugar, with the advantage that they do not contain calories or have only a minimum amount and also do not raise sugar levels in the blood. This new additive joins the other five already approved: saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, neotame and acesulfame.

Advantame is 20,000 times sweeter than table sugar, it is a white crystalline free flowing sweetener and dissolves in water. Is stable even at high temperatures, so it can be used in baking applications. The FDA has approved its use as a general purpose sweetener and flavor enhancer, and also to sweeten baked goods, soft drinks (including juices), chewing gum, candy and frostings, frozen desserts, icecreams and puddings, jams and fruit jellies, fruit juices, toppings and syrups.

Like aspartame Advantame contains phenylalanine, which people with the disease phenylketonuria have difficulty metabolizing . PKU is an inherited error of metabolism caused by a deficiency of the phenylalanine hydroxylase enzyme resulting in an inability to metabolize amino acid tyrosine from phenylalanine in the liver). However, because of its intense sweetness, it can be used in much smaller volumes than aspartame. As a result, the FDA has stated that it can be consumed safely by people with phenylketonuria.



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