Acesulfame potassium, 200 times sweeter than sugar, is a calorie-free flavoring. The sweetener is used in the United States in a large variety of foods.
Acesulfame potassium provides consumers with a higher choice of low-calorie or reduced-sugar foods to control their nutrition. As it is safe, maintaining its sweetness at average baking temperatures, acesulfame potassium can be used in baking. To produce a more sugar-like taste than that of any of the low-calorie sweeteners alone, the sweetener that can be used alone also mixes with other low-calorie sweeteners.
Acesulfame potassium is made from a process that includes transforming into a highly stable, crystalline sweetener of an organic intermediary, acetoacetic acid, and its combination with both the naturally occurring mineral potassium.
In more than 4,000 items across the world, acesulfame potassium is used. Acesulfame potassium is certified for use in candies, tabletop sweeteners, chewing gums, drinks, mixtures of desserts and dairy products, baked goods, alcoholic beverages, syrups, refrigerated and frozen desserts, sweet sauces, and toppings in the United States.
Acesulfame potassium allows blends to preserve their sweetness over time, thereby increasing the shelf life’s sweetness. Moreover, foods containing acesulfame potassium blends contain up to 40 percent less overall sweetener content.