Usually Used to Sweeten Beverages

The sweetener aspartame is a low-calorie alternative to conventional sugar. Due to its natural composition of protein elements aspartame, in contrast to comparable sugar substitutes, can be processed by the body and is thus not completely free of calories.  Its low calorie content of 4 kcal/gram is negligible because due to its intense level of sweetness not much is required – aspartame is 200 times sweeter than conventional sugar. Aspartame’s unique composition causes it to lose sweetness through intense heating or over long periods of time, making it less suitable for use in baking or cooking.