According to the Aspartame Resource Center, at www.aboutaspartame.com, it is included in over 6,000 products worldwide.
Moreover, this center is, in fact, a public relations and “information” arm of Ajinomoto, one of the biggest producers of aspartame in the world, the other being the NutraSweet Company. (Ajinomoto also produces another known additive, monosodium glutamate, or MSG.)
The site includes information on the safety of aspartame, and even has a section labeled “Meet the doctors,” which lists their “medical advisory board.”
The ARC in this section claims that “The Aspartame Information Center Expert Medical Advisory Board was created to help guide the Center’s communications to health professionals and the public about aspartame benefits, safety, and role in a healthy diet.
The board members provide counsel on current medical and nutrition science, as well as insight on tools that help address the needs of health professionals in their work. Their backgrounds span critical areas of medicine and science, and each has unique experience in health and nutrition.”
According to the Aspartame Resource Center, simply looking at the ingredient list will reveal if the product contains aspartame, as the FDA demands that it is labeled.
However, note that even if it is not mentioned, but the list of ingredients contains “phenylalanine”, the product contains aspartame, as it is its component.
Yet, you must be vigilant, as aspartame can be added to products you do not expect it in, like vitamins or liquid antibiotics. Actually, it is the only way to avoid the ingestion of this harmful product and prevent its side-effects.