I have the habit of reading the ingredient list of every food items that comes into my hand. This acesulfame-k caught my curious mind.
Acesulfame potassium, acesulfame K or Ace K is a calorie-free artificial sweetener. Marketed under the trade names Sunett and Sweet One. Also Known under the E number E950
1. It is 180-200 times sweeter than sucrose, as sweet as aspartame, about half as sweet as saccharin, and one-quarter as sweet as sucralose.
2. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste, especially at high concentrations.
3. Often blended with sucralose or aspartame to give a more sugar-like taste whereby each sweetener masks the other’s aftertaste or exhibits a synergistic effect by which the blend is sweeter than its
components. This mixing is usually done in carbonated drinks.
4. Acesulfame K is stable under heat, even under moderately acidic or basic conditions, allowing it to be used in baking, or in products that require a long shelf life.
5. It is also used as a sweetener in pharmaceutical products, especially with chewable and liquid medications. It can make the active ingredients more palatable.
instant coffee and tea
puddings and nondairy creamers
1. Has zero calories. It will not add up to your daily calorie intake
2. Does not promote tooth decay
The additive causes cancer in animals, which means it may increase cancer risk in humans. Acesulfame K does contain the carcinogen methylene chloride. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride can cause headaches, depression, nausea, mental confusion, liver effects, kidney effects and visual disturbances.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Accepts coaching and consultancy services. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines.