Acesulfame Potassium

Why do these names have to be so complicated? We used to be able to use just sugar, now we have multiple options for sugar, Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame K) being one of the sugar substitutes. This calorie-free artificial sweetener is 180-200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar).

The sweetener is found in candies, tabletop sweeteners, chewing gum, beverages, dessert and dairy product mixes, baked goods, alcoholic beverages, syrups, refrigerated and frozen desserts and sweet sauces and toppings. There are conflicting views on this artificial sweetener, but it is a fact that acsulfame potassium is almost always used with an additional sweetener because if used alone, it has a bitter taste.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) tests artificial sweeteners and determines safe amounts or ADI (acceptable daily intake) for each sweetener.

Aspartame’s safe level (ADI) is 50 milligrams per kilogram of weight
Acesulfame K’s ADI is 15 milligrams per kilogram, which is about 6 cans of diet soda.

Most people do not consume 6 cans of diet soda in one day, but people do consume different foods and drink during the day that contain these artificial sweeteners. Plus, the amount of the ingredient is not listed on most products, so we do not know how many milligrams we are actually consuming. Here is an article that lists ADI for common artificial sweeteners:

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