Acesulfame Potassium—also known as Acesulfame K or just Ace-K—is a calorie-free sweetener used in more than 5,000 food, beverage and pharmaceutical products in over 100 countries around the world. This high-intensity sweetener is approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar.
Calorie-free sweeteners, such as Acesulfame Potassium, help health and weight conscious consumers who are looking to reduce unnecessary calories in foods and beverages. Cutting calories does not necessarily mean compromising taste. As the most desired sweet taste is that of sugar, low-calorie and reduced-calorie foods and beverages often contain blends of sweeteners to obtain a more sugar-like sweetness. Thus, Acesulfame Potassium is frequently found in combination with other non-caloric or caloric sweeteners.
As a calorie-free sweetener, Acesulfame Potassium does not promote tooth decay and is also suitable for people with diabetes.
In the past 30 to 40 years, almost 100 studies have been conducted on the safety of Acesulfame Potassium. They have consistently shown that this sweetener is safe and suitable for human consumption. Discovered in 1967 by Hoechst scientists in Frankfurt, Germany, it has been used in food and beverages since 1983 and is approved in more than 100 countries around the world.
7 BENEFITS OF ACESULFAME K
1. HELPS REDUCE CALORIES
Since Acesulfame K is not metabolized, it contributes no calories. By substituting Acesulfame K for sugar in foods and beverages, calories can be reduced substantially, or, in some products, practically eliminated.
2. REMAINS STABLE UNDER HIGH TEMPERATURES
The sweet taste of Acesulfame K remains unchanged during baking. Even at oven temperatures over 200ºC, Acesulfame K shows no indications of breaking down or losing its sweet taste. Beverages containing Acesulfame K also can be pasteurized under normal pasteurizing conditions without loss of sweetness.
3. EXCELLENT SHELF LIFE
Acesulfame K has a high degree of stability over a wide range of pH and temperature storage conditions.
4. TASTES SWEET AND CLEAN
Acesulfame K has a clean, quickly perceptible sweet taste that does not linger. Acesulfame K generally does not exhibit any off-taste in foods and soft drinks.
Acesulfame K can provide a synergistic sweetening effect when combined with other non-nutritive sweeteners.
6. DOES NOT PROMOTE TOOTH DECAY
Acesulfame K does not contribute to dental caries.
7. USEFUL IN DIABETIC DIETS
Studies have shown that Acesulfame K has no effect on serum glucose, cholesterol, or triglycerides. People with diabetes may incorporate products containing Acesulfame K into their balanced diet.