Acesulfame-K - also known as Sunette, Sweet One, Sweet 'n
Acesulfame-K was discovered in 1967 and is 150-200 times sweeter
than sugar. Acesulfame-K is a highly stable, crystalline sweetener
with a chemical structure is similar to saccharin.
Acesulfame-K is usually used in combination with aspartame
or other sweeteners because it has a synergistic effect to enhance
and sustain the sweet taste of foods and beverages. It is heat
stable so it can be used in baked products. It does not provide
calories since the body does not metabolize it and it is excreted
in the urine without being changed.
Acesulfame-K is found in many foods, including chewing gum,
desserts, alcoholic beverages, syrups, candies, sauces, and yogurt.
It is found in Hershey's Lite Syrup and Fat Free Dutch Chocolate
Hot Cocoa, Trident gum and sugar free Jell-O.
It was approved for use by the FDA in 1988 and has been evaluated
8 times since for safety. It does not have to carry any warnings
on the products it is in.
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