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Did bad reputation force name change for Aspartame?

Ajinomoto Co., the leading manufacturer of Aspartame has renamed the chemical “Aminosweet.” Critics say the change in name is due to the products bad reputation and the new name is meant to confuse consumers.

Aspartame, is also sold under the trade names Equal, Nutrasweet, and Canderel. It was original marketed as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes, but is now present in vast numbers of foods and drinks.

While Aspartame is widely hustled as a “diet” product, numerous lab tests link it to weight gain. Some experts claim the product causes the consumer to crave carbohydrates, which in turn leads to weight gain.

In 1991, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report listing 61 side effects associated with aspartame. Weight gain is one of them.

A full 75% of all complaints filed with the FDA Adverse Reaction Monitoring System in 1995 were aspartame related. In response to the complaints, the FDA ceased accepting aspartame related complaints.

Italian study links Aspartame to increased cancer risk. From WebMD.