Alitame

Alitame is an artificial sweetener that is 2,000 times as sweet as sugar. It was developed by Pfizer in the 1980s. Like Aspartame it is a protein and a dipeptide.

Aspartame is made up of the 2 amino acids - aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Alitame uses aspartic acid and alanine. Unlike aspartame phenoanalyne is not a by product of digestion and so it is suitable for people with the genetic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU).

It has a quite a good taste and less aftertaste than Aspartame. It is also more stable under heat though not as good as some sweeteners in this regard. So far, unlike Aspartane, no side effects have been reported.

Benefits:
It has zero calories per serving and zero glycemic index. This makes it suitable as part of a diabetic diet. Is not harmful to teeth.

Concerns:
None reported. It is so potent that only a tiny amount of the sweetener is required per serving. The amounts really are miniscule and unlikely to cause any side effects. It appears to be safe. It is suitable for people with phenylketonuria (PKU).

Although artificial sweeteners contain zero calories, they do not always appear to be effective against obesity and diabetes. Statistical and clinical tests have repeatedly shown this to be so, though, until now the reason has been a mystery. However a new trial, conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel and published Sept 17 2014, sheds more light on the situation. It appears that these sweeteners affect the bacteria in the bowel in adverse ways. Tests showed impaired glucose metabolism in subjects, human and animal following moderate consumption over several weeks.

More information is available in Science News. While further testing is needed, including natural zero calorie sweeteners, the results are indeed worrying. Perhaps these sweeteners have no role at all to play in weight loss and may be a poorer choice than regular sugar! Watch this space!

Production: 
It is an artificial product manufactured in a chemical process. Due to high costs production has recently ceased.

Sold As:
Sold as Aclame.

Interesting facts:
It was developed by Pfizer in 1980s in response to the discovery of Aspartame.

Approval:
Not yet approved in the USA. Approved in the EU as E956. Approved in Mexico, China and Australia.



  

Conclusions for Alitame

Is useful for diabetics and it is harmless to teeth. It is a totally artificial sweetener but it appears to be safe. Certainly it is a better choice than Aspartame. Not well known or widely used, but has significant potential nonetheless. Difficult to obtain on the market.

Name Calories / Gram Sweetness Index Glycemic Index Calories / Spoon-Equiv
Alitame 0 2,000 0 0

Taste: -------- Good
Aftertaste: ---- No
Concerns: ----- None reported




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