Alitam is a white crystalline powder, odorless or with a slight characteristic odor, which is approximately 2000 times sweeter than sucrose or table sugar, 12 times sweeter than aspartame, and six times sweeter than saccharin. It has a clean sweet taste without an unpleasant aftertaste.
It is a protein and a dipeptide and consists of two amino acids, L-aspartic acid and D-alanine.
Foods with this food additive can be safely consumed by people with gluten allergies and vegans.
Main important points about E956– Alitam:
It is a substitute sweetener.
It is not allowed in the Czech Republic.
Alitam is made from L-aspartic acid and D-alanine.
What is alitam used for?
In the food industry, E956 is used as a sweetener, i.e. a substance that gives food a sweet taste with fewer kilojoules than sugar.
Examples of foods and drinks that sometimes contain E956:
- flavored drinks
- milk desserts
- table sweeteners
- ice cream
- sweet sauces
- diet foods
Is E956 healthy?
It is a relatively new substance, but no side effects have been reported so far. In fact, it has 0 kcal per serving and a zero glycemic index, making it suitable even for diabetics. It has also been found not to harm the teeth.
Unlike aspartame, alitame does not contain phenylalanine, which is why it can be used by people with phenylketonuria.
Use in the EU vs. USA vs. world
Alitam has been approved for use in a number of food and beverage applications in countries such as Mexico, Colombia, China, Australia and New Zealand. In the EU, however, it is not yet allowed to be added to food or drinks.