FORMULA : C4H4KNO4S
IUPAC ID : potassium 6-methyl-2,2-dioxo-2H-1,2λ6,3-oxathiazin-4-olate
Molar mass : 201.242 g/mol
Density : 1.81 g/cm³
Melting point : 225 °C
E Number : E950
Soluble in: Water
Sweetness : 200 times than normal sugar.
Uses : 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.
Discovery : was developed after the accidental
discovery of a similar compound in 1967 by Karl
Clauss and Harald Jensen .After accidentally
dipping his fingers into the chemicals that he
was working with, Clauss licked them to pick up
a piece of paper.
1) How is acesulfame potassium made?
Acesulfame potassium is made from a process that involves the
transformation of an organic intermediate, acetoacetic acid, and its
combination with the naturally occurring mineral, potassium, to form
a highly stable, crystalline sweetener.
2) Why is acesulfame potassium used in sweetener
Ace K is often used in sweetener blends to produce a more sugar-like
taste in a food or beverage. The ingredient also helps the blend retain
its sweetness during baking or heat processing, which is important for
preparing foods, such as cookies and candies. Ace K helps blends
sustain their sweetness over time, thereby increasing the sweetness
shelf life of products. In addition, foods containing blends of Ace K
contain up to 40 percent less total sweetener.
3) How much acesulfame potassium may people
(ADI) for Ace K, the amount has been set at 15 milligrams per
kilogram (mg/kg) of body weight. At current average usage levels for
example, this amount would correspond roughly to two gallons of
200 times sweeter than sugar.
Clean, sweet taste with a fast onset and no lingering aftertaste.
Has a synergistic sweetening effect when combined with caloric
and non-caloric sweeteners (more sugar-like sweetness profile
than single sweeteners).
Shortens lingering sweetness of sucralose and aspartame and
enhances and intensifies other flavors.
Not metabolized by the body but is excreted unchanged.
Rapid solubility, heat stable. Can be used in cooking and baking.
Sodium-free and safe for the general population.
Like all low- and no-calorie sweeteners, is suitable for diabetics
and does not promote tooth decay.
pH stable, long shelf life.
Reasons to Avoid Acesulfame Potassium
Methylene chloride, a solvent used in the manufacture of acesulfame
potassium, is the substance that may give the food additive its potential
carcinogenic characteristics. In addition, exposure to methylene chloride
for long periods of time may lead to such side effects as:
■Chronic respiratory disease
■Kidney and liver problems
Acesulfame potassium may also increase the appetite, by tricking the
satiety signals of our body. When consuming products that contain this
artificial sweetener, cravings for extremely sweet foods may develop. In
these conditions, taste perception is changed and the taste of fruits and
vegetables do not feel tasty anymore.