The process for making Aspartame is bizarre – I cannot imagine how the inventor thought up the process!!
It is made by treating waste from genetically modified e.coli bacteria with alcohol and methanol, according to the European patent for the sweetener.
Thanks to the sugar tax 65.3% of soft drink sales in the UK in 2018 were low and no-calorie.
The World Health Organisation is investigating the safety of artificial sweeteners – so watch this space!