Neotame – derivative of aspartame

Neotame is the newest sweetener and a derivative of aspartame. Neotame functions effectively as a sweetener and flavor enhancer in foods and beverage. Neotame is used in baked goods, beverages, candies, chewing gum, dairy products, frozen desserts, puddings, yogurt-type products and as a tabletop sweetener.

Neotame is composed of two amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine, similar to aspartame and an additional 3, 3-dimethylbutyl group.

It is 7,000–13,000 times as sweet as sugar and 30–60 times as sweet as aspartame. It provides zero calories and has a clean, sweet, sugar-like taste with no undesirable taste characteristics. Since neotame and aspartame are considered as intense sweeteners, a very low level is needed to sweeten the food products.

It is functional in a wide array of beverages and foods and can be used alone or blended with other high-intensity or carbohydrate sweeteners.

A t-butyl group is added to the free amine group of aspartic acid. This could be a super sweet deal for food and beverage manufacturers, all the sweetness of sugar without a metallic after-taste plus at a fraction of the amount of sweetener needed compared to other sugar substitutes. The neotame was approved in 2002 as a general purpose sweetener, excluding in meat and poultry by FDA.

In the European Union Neotame is licensed as food additive E 961 since January 2010, in Australia as early as 2001.
Neotame – derivative of aspartame

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