[uh-spahr-teym, a-spahr-, as-per-teym]
- a white, crystalline, odorless, slightly water-soluble noncarbohydrate powder, C14H18N2O5, synthesized from amino acids, that is 150–200 times as sweet as sugar: used as a low-calorie sugar substitute in soft drinks, table sweeteners, and other food products.
Origin of aspartame
1970–75; aspart(yl phenyl)a(linine) m(ethyl) e(ster), the powder's chemical name
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Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet) and saccharine are more widely used.How to Watch Out for Hidden Sugar and Replace With Leaner Substitutes
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February 23, 2013
- an artificial sweetener produced from aspartic acid. Formula: C 14 H 18 N 2 O 5
C20: from aspart (ic acid) + (phenyl) a (lanine) m (ethyl) e (ster)
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Word Origin and History for aspartame
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- A low-calorie, artificial sweetening agent derived from aspartic acid.
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- An artificial sweetener formed from aspartic acid. Chemical formula: C14H18N2O5.
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