What is Acesulfame K?
Acesulfame K, also known as acesulfame potassium, is a no-calorie sugar substitute. It is 200 times sweeter than sugar. It does not have an aftertaste and is often used in combination with other sweeteners.
Acesulfame K is also known by the brand names Sunett and Sweet One.
Benefits of Acesulfame K
- Can be substituted for sugar when baking
- Does not contribute to tooth decay
- Does not have an aftertaste
- Does not affect glucose or triglyceride levels
What is it used in?
Acesulfame K can be found in a variety of foods and drinks, including baked goods, candy, dairy products, and soft drinks, and can be used as a tabletop sweetener. It is also used in some medicines, such as cough drops, and in oral hygiene products like toothpaste and mouthwash.
Many people like to bake with acesulfame K because it does not lose its sweet taste when it is baked at high temperatures.
Is acesulfame K safe?
There have been more than 90 studies on the safety of acesulfame K, and the results have shown it to be safe for people to consume in moderation. Acesulfame K has been approved for use in the United States since 1988.
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Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff