Acesulfame K (Ace K)


Acesulfame potassium, also known as acesulfame K or ace K,  is a calorie-free artificial sweetener, and marketed under the trade names Sunett and Sweet One.

Acesulfame K is 180-200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar), as sweet as aspartame, about half as sweet as saccharin, and one-quarter as sweet as sucralose. Like saccharin, it has a slightly bitter aftertaste, especially at high concentrations.

Although the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has approved ace-k for use as general-purpose sweetening agent, there is concern as to its safety and some research shows acesulfame potassium may be carcinogenic.

 Special Note: Healing Gourmet does not endorse artificial sweeteners of any kind. Acesulfame-K is on Whole Foods Market List of Unacceptable Ingredients.

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