Sugar Substitutes | Acesulfame K


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 editorial staff

Created: 01/10