The artificial sweetener advantame has been approved for use as an all-
purpose sweetener, making it the sixth sugar substitute to get the nod
from the FDA.
Advantame, which was deemed safe from possible toxic effects in some
35 animal and human studies, does not raise blood sugar levels and
adds few calories to food. Like aspartame, it should be avoided by
people who can’t metabolize phenylalanine, one of the sweetener’s
The product has no brand name yet.