Sweeteners Information About Acesulfame K
Acesulfame Potassium - Calorie-Free Sweetener
Acesulfame potassium (Acesulfame K) is a calorie-free sweetener used in thousands of foods, beverages, oral hygiene and pharmaceutical products in about 90 countries. It is approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). Food containing Acesulfame K include chewing gum, breath-mints, tabletop sweeteners, desserts, puddings, baked goods, soft drinks, candies and canned foods. It is sold under the brand name Sunett by Nutrinova, Inc.
Acesulfame K Helps Reduce Calorie Intake
Acesulfame K is not metabolized by the body and is excreted unchanged by the body. Thus it contributes no calories. By swapping acesulfame K for sugar in foods and beverages, calories can be reduced and, in some products, almost eliminated.
Studies have shown that acesulfame K has no effect on serum glucose, cholesterol, or triglycerides. People with diabetes may use foods containing acesulfame K as part of their balanced diet.
Okay, Eat Fewer Calories, But is it Safe
Yes. More than 90 studies have demonstrated the safety of acesulfame K. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted the use of acesulfame K - and has subsequently extended this use - after evaluating numerous studies.
For calorie details of 2500 Foods, see Calories in Foods
Calorie Control to Reduce Obesity and Help Weight Loss
Reducing calories in our diet is a major step towards controlling our weight and reducing the incidence of obesity. Even if we are not overweight, many of us want to include low-calorie products in our overall daily diet. The development of safe low-calorie sweeteners, like acesulfame K, helps satisfy this need.
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