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Aspartame is an artificial sweetener sold in the market. It consists of amino acids and provides calories like other amino acids. Yet, it is used as a low-calorie sweetening agent in food items. What is the basis of this use ?

A When aspartame is used in food processing, the sweet taste remains , but becomes resistant to oxidation
B Aspartame is several times sweeter than table sugar, hence food items made with small quantities of aspartame yield fewer calories on oxidation
C Aspartame is as sweet as sugar, but after ingestion into the body, it is converted into metabolites that yield no calories
D Aspartame is as sweet as table sugar, but unlike table sugar, it is not readily oxidized in human body due to lack of requisite enzymes
Answer & Explanation
Option: [B]
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