When it comes to aspartame, there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation out there. If you were put to the test, could you spot aspartame fiction from aspartame fact?

Aspartame is a sweetener made from the same building blocks of protein found in everyday foods like meat, fish and eggs. 

It is used by food and drink manufacturers in a range of products including yoghurts, chewing gum and soft drinks.

It’s around 200 times sweeter than sugar and at Coca-Cola European Partners use it in very small amounts  to sweeten the taste of some of our drinks. It’s calorie free so you can enjoy your favourite Coca-Cola drinks with less or no sugar, and fewer or no calories. 

Fact or fiction? Drinks with aspartame are unsafe

Fiction. Sweeteners such as aspartame are tightly regulated and can only be used once their safety has been rigorously assessed.

With over 200 studies to support its safety, aspartame is one of the most thoroughly tested ingredients in the world. Its safety has been validated time and time again including by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2013.

Did you know? The acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aspartame is 40mg  per kilo of body weight. 

“Almost all Coca-Cola brands have a lower or no sugar alternative”

Fact or fiction? Drinks with aspartame won’t make you put on weight

Fact. Adding low and no calorie sweeteners like aspartame to food and drinks gives them a sweet taste, often without the calories. In fact, if used consistently as part of a balanced diet and combined with regular exercise, food and drinks containing aspartame can help you manage your weight.  

Did you know? You can find out more about aspartame and its effect on your weight from this video of experts talking at Nutrition and Health Live.

Fact or fiction? Pregnant women cannot consume drinks sweetened with aspartame

Fiction. Aspartame is safe, including for pregnant and breastfeeding women. If you’re pregnant, however, you should always follow your doctors’ advice. 

Fact or fiction? Sparkling soft drinks sweetened with aspartame are safe to drink if you have diabetes

Fact. Low and no calorie sweeteners like aspartame won’t affect your blood glucose so are safe to consume if you have diabetes. And because aspartame still provides sweetness, without the calories, it can help people including diabetics to manage their calorie intake, and enjoy more food and drink choices. 

Did you know? Almost all Coca-Cola brands have a lower sugar or no-sugar alternative.

“The acceptable daily intake for aspartame is 40mg per kilo of body weight”

Fact or fiction? Your appetite will be increased by drinking soft drinks containing aspartame 

Fiction: Studies show low-calorie sweeteners like aspartame don’t cause people to eat more and can be a useful tool to help reduce your overall calorie intake. 

Fact or fiction? Drinking diet drinks containing aspartame can lead to tooth decay

Fiction. Sweeteners like aspartame do not promote tooth decay. Bacteria that are naturally present in your mouth turn carbohydrates to acid, causing tooth decay. Aspartame is tooth-friendly  because it’s made from parts of protein rather than carbohydrates.

Did you know? You can find out more about looking after your teeth in our guide to good dental health video.

You can also find out more about aspartame via the BNF and Diabetes UK.

Read more about the ways we’re helping you enjoy less sugar.