Acesulfame-K Sweetener – Good or Bad?

acesulfame-k

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-k

Defenition
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

Properties
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.

Applications
chewing gum
instant coffee and tea
gelatin
desserts
puddings and nondairy creamers
carbonated drinks
baked goods

Benefits
1. Has zero calories. It will not add up to your daily calorie intake
2. Does not promote tooth decay

Possible Hazards
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.


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One Comment

  • My wife bought me Met-RX. It contains acesulfame K and sucralose. I’m concerned with health hazards. Should I return it and hurt he feelings or drink it and possibly risk my health.? I already have leukemia.

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