Aspartame and the Environment
Choosing foods and drinks with aspartame is not only beneficial for your health, but also has significant advantages for the environment. To make the sugar that we eat, the raw materials, including sugar beet, sugar cane and corn starch, are harvested and shipped for refining. The refining process entails extracting the sugar from the crop by crushing, chopping or grinding and treatment with water. High fructose corn syrup undergoes an additional step in which the atoms within the molecules are re-arranged. The raw sugars then undergo further processing, depending on the final use that is required.
Aspartame is made using a fermentation process to produce amino acids from a feedstock of molasses (a thick syrup from sugar cane or beet), soy and corn. The amino acids are then combined to form aspartame crystals. These crystals are purified and converted into finished aspartame.