What is Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K)?

Curious about low-calorie sweeteners? You’re not alone. Conflicting information about low-calorie sweeteners seems to be reaching new heights, so we’ve searched high and low for the facts. Here’s the low-down on acesulfame potassium (Ace-K).

What is Ace-K and How is it Different than Sugar?

Acesulfame potassium is a zero-calorie sweetener that contains potassium. While the “K” in Ace-K comes from the chemical element potassium, this amount of potassium is so low it doesn’t contribute to potassium intake levels.  Ace-K is different than sugar because sugar contains calories and is digested and absorbed by the body, while Ace-K is not digested by the body.

Sweet as Sugar?

Ace-K is 200 times sweeter than sugar, which means only a very small amount is needed to match the sweetness of sugar. Ace-K is the primary sweetener found in brand names like Sunett® and Sweet One®.

Is it Safe?

Yes, Ace-K is safe to consume and has been approved for use since 1988. It’s one of eight low and no-calorie sweeteners permitted by the FDA for use in the US food supply. All eight have been rigorously tested and reviewed. Leading global health authorities such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), FAO/WHO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and Health Canada have found low and no-calorie sweeteners such as Ace-K to be safe. In addition, Ace-K has been approved for use in foods by the FDA since 1988.

What’s the Bottom Line on Ace-K?

All foods can have a place in our diets, and low- and no- calorie sweeteners are no different. In addition, Ace-K is one of many safe options that can be included in broader weight reduction or weight maintenance plans. What’s most important is to build a healthy eating style and support it with other healthy habits that are sustainable and tailored to your health and lifestyle needs.

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