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Aspartame vs. Sugar — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Important differences between Aspartame and Sugar

    The food varieties used in the comparison are Sweeteners, tabletop, aspartame, EQUAL, packets and Sugars, granulated.

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    Mineral Comparison

    Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
    Contains more Potassium +100%
    Contains less Sodium -100%
    Contains more Calcium +∞%
    Contains more Iron +25%
    Contains more Copper +∞%
    Contains more Manganese +∞%
    Contains more Selenium +20%
    Equal in Zinc - 0.01
    Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 0% 1.5% 0% 0% 0.35% 0% 0.27% 0% 0% 2.7%
    Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 0.3% 1.9% 0% 0% 0.18% 0.13% 0.27% 2.3% 0.52% 3.3%
    Contains more Potassium +100%
    Contains less Sodium -100%
    Contains more Calcium +∞%
    Contains more Iron +25%
    Contains more Copper +∞%
    Contains more Manganese +∞%
    Contains more Selenium +20%
    Equal in Zinc - 0.01

    Vitamin Comparison

    Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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    Sugar
    Contains more Vitamin B2 +∞%
    Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
    Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 4.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
    Contains more Vitamin B2 +∞%

    Macronutrient Comparison

    Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
    Contains more Protein +∞%
    Contains more Water +43650%
    Contains more Carbs +12.2%
    2% 89% 9%
    Protein: 2.17 g
    Fats: 0 g
    Carbs: 89.08 g
    Water: 8.75 g
    Other: 0 g
    100%
    Protein: 0 g
    Fats: 0 g
    Carbs: 99.98 g
    Water: 0.02 g
    Other: 0 g
    Contains more Protein +∞%
    Contains more Water +43650%
    Contains more Carbs +12.2%

    Carbohydrate type comparison

    Carbohydrate type breakdown side-by-side comparison
    Contains more Starch +∞%
    Contains more Sucrose +∞%
    100%
    Starch: 8.36 g
    Sucrose: 0 g
    Glucose: 0 g
    Fructose: 0 g
    Lactose: 0 g
    Maltose: 0 g
    Galactose: 0 g
    100%
    Starch: 0 g
    Sucrose: 99.8 g
    Glucose: 0 g
    Fructose: 0 g
    Lactose: 0 g
    Maltose: 0 g
    Galactose: 0 g
    Contains more Starch +∞%
    Contains more Sucrose +∞%

    Comparison summary table

    Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
    Aspartame Sugar
    Rich in minerals ok
    Lower in Sugar ok
    Lower in Sodium ok
    Lower in Glycemic Index ok
    Lower in price ok
    Lower in Cholesterol Equal
    Lower in Saturated Fat Equal
    Rich in vitamins Equal

    All nutrients comparison - raw data values

    Nutrient Aspartame Sugar Opinion
    Net carbs 89.08g 99.98g Sugar
    Protein 2.17g 0g Aspartame
    Carbs 89.08g 99.98g Sugar
    Calories 365kcal 387kcal Sugar
    Starch 8.36g Aspartame
    Sugar 80.7g 99.8g Aspartame
    Calcium 0mg 1mg Sugar
    Iron 0.04mg 0.05mg Sugar
    Potassium 4mg 2mg Aspartame
    Sodium 0mg 1mg Aspartame
    Zinc 0.01mg 0.01mg
    Copper 0mg 0.007mg Sugar
    Manganese 0mg 0.004mg Sugar
    Selenium 0.5µg 0.6µg Sugar
    Vitamin B2 0mg 0.019mg Sugar
    Phenylalanine 1.186mg Aspartame

    Which food is preferable for your diet?

    ok
    ok
    is better in case of low diet
    Aspartame Sugar
    Low Fats diet Equal
    Low Carbs diet ok
    Low Calories diet ok
    Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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    Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

    The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
    Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
    0%
    Aspartame
    0%
    Sugar
    Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
    0%
    Aspartame
    1%
    Sugar

    Comparison summary

    Which food is richer in minerals?
    Sugar
    Sugar is relatively richer in minerals
    Which food is lower in Sugar?
    Aspartame
    Aspartame is lower in Sugar (difference - 19.1g)
    Which food contains less Sodium?
    Aspartame
    Aspartame contains less Sodium (difference - 1mg)
    Which food is lower in glycemic index?
    Aspartame
    Aspartame is lower in glycemic index (difference - 65)
    Which food is cheaper?
    Aspartame
    Aspartame is cheaper (difference - $0.1)
    Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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    The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
    Which food contains less Saturated Fat?
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    The foods are relatively equal in Saturated Fat (0 g)
    Which food is richer in vitamins?
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    It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

    References

    All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

    1. Aspartame - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169657/nutrients
    2. Sugar - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169655/nutrients

    All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.

    Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.