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11/20/2003 6:34pm,
Hi. Diet sodas have no calories, but how is this possible? They must be stored in the body somehow. They contain aspartame, but what exactly is that? Good bye

11/20/2003 6:37pm,
aspartame, a crystalline derivative of caramelized bull semen, contains no calories. however, it becomes a carcinogen once heated

11/20/2003 6:49pm,
Here's what aspartame.org says.

Description: Aspartame is a nutritive sweetener made by joining two amino acids (protein components) -- L-phenylalanine and L-aspartic acid, with a third component called a methyl ester group. Very little is needed for a sweet taste, making aspartame virtually non-caloric.

Relative Sweetness: 180 to 200 times sweeter than sucrose.

Metabolism: It is digested as a protein. The components are metabolized normally.

Assets: Aspartame has a sugar-like taste. It enhances some flavors and is appropriate for many applications. When aspartame is combined with other low-calorie sweeteners, they enhance each other so that the combinations are sweeter than the sum of the individual sweeteners.

Limitations: Aspartame is not suitable in applications that require prolonged exposure to high temperatures as it loses sweetness. However, it can successfully be added to recipes, and an encapsulated form is now available for commercial baking. It also is used successfully in beverages, but does lose its sweetness in liquids over an extended period of time. (The rate of change is gradual and is determined by temperature and acidity.) Persons with PKU (phenylketonuria) must restrict their intake of phenylalanine. As such, all U.S. products containing aspartame are labeled: “This product contains phenylalanine.”

Applications: It is approved for use in any category of food or beverage, including tabletop sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, refrigerated and nonrefrigerated ready-to-drink beverages, frozen desserts and novelties, puddings and fillings, yogurt-type products, baked goods and candies.

Safety: Aspartame has been extensively studied in animals and humans for more than two decades. In 1981, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved aspartame, it noted: "Few compounds have withstood such detailed testing and repeated, close scrutiny, and the process through which aspartame has gone should provide the public with additional confidence of its safety." FDA has affirmed the safety of aspartame 26 times over a period of 23 years.

Status: Aspartame is classified as a “general purpose sweetener” by FDA and is approved for use in all foods and beverages. Aspartame is approved for use in more than 100 countries and is the sweetening ingredient in 6,000 food and beverage products.

Deadpan Scientist
11/20/2003 7:03pm,
It's not really 0 calories, it's just less than 1 calorie.

11/20/2003 7:09pm,
I heared that the sweetener "Sweet And Low" contains an ingredient called "Saccarin" which has been proven to cause cancer in lab animals. There's a sweetener out there called "Splenda" and that has maltodexterin, which I think I heard that it cuts down on the recovery time for your muscles.

Deadpan Scientist
11/20/2003 7:13pm,
Some other sweetners that are extremely low calorie (called non-nutritave):

Here are the names of some sugar substitutes that have a greater caloric value:

Sorbitol / Mannitol / Xylitol (if consumed in large amounts, may have
a laxative effect)

11/20/2003 7:23pm,
Drink water.
Don't worry about this ****.

11/21/2003 12:40am,
lol @ Good-bye!

seriously, drink water or juice instead for vitamins

11/21/2003 7:59am,
What is Aspartame? Ever heard of a search engine? Goof bye.

11/21/2003 8:13am,
apparently if you eat a whole pack of sugar free polos it gives you the runs- coz of the laxative effect of those sweetners

11/21/2003 8:28am,
cool---new way to make weight.