Ajinomoto says in a press release published at foodbev.com that the company is launching a new initiative that will brand aspartame AminoSweet (typically termed Equa).
Ajinomoto says the new name reflects that the artificial sweetener comes from the same amino acids found in foods indicating that the compound is as safe as food or amino acids. Aspartameis also used in medication, OTC medications (especially products targeted for children) and even vaccines.
Aspartame is the methyl ester of a phenylalanine/aspartic acid dipeptide, according to wikipedia.
Naturalnews.com, an advocate for natural health , said this move is a tactic to fool those who would otherwise avoid aspartame by all means to use foods and beverages with the sweetener.
Some animal model studies suggest that high intake of sodas with aspartame may lead to long term side effects including increased risk of cancer. But not all studies come to the same conclusion. Aspartame has been linked to pediatric and adolescent migraines. Upon ingestion, aspartame is broken, converted, and oxidized into formaldehyde in various tissues.
The Food and Drug Administration which approved the use of aspartame in human foods in 1974 has been saying the additive is safe to use.
Please read your labels very carefully on everything in a wrapper and also watch for its evil twin name labeled as a "natural sweetener" called Amino Sweet The new name does not make it a better product it just confuses a consumer more!