Acesulfame-K - also known as Sunette, Sweet One, Sweet 'n Safe 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.
Food features: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.
Nutritional value:Acesulfame-K has been blamed for causing tumors in rats. However, the overwhelming majority of studies show it to be safe. The American Dietetic Association considers acesulfame-K safe when used as part of a healthy eating plan.
Uses: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.