Aspartame by Emmy Newman

aspartame= phenylalanine+aspartic acid+methanol

aspartame is the methyl ester of the dipeptide of the amino acids it comes from

aspartame is sweet unlike the resources it comes from, it's not acid like aspartic acid, and it is very soluble, unlike phenylalanine

aspartame was unintentionally discovered in 1965 by James M. Schlatter when he was working on an anti-ulcer drug

it is used in foods and beverages like gum, candies, diet soda, and is sold under the name "Equal" and NutraSweet

pros: helps some people lose weight

cons: can cause people with phenylketonuria to suffer abnormal brain development

aspartame is approximately 200x sweeter than sugar

many people are afraid that aspartame can cause cancer after a study was done on rats

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