Acesulfame K is a synthetic sweetener and flavor enhancer that sweetens 200 times more than sugar. As its flavor is bitter, most of the times is combined with Aspartame and Sucralose. It can be found as Acesulfame Potassium, Ace K, ACK, Sunnet, Sweet One.

It is used in chewing gums, sweet drinks, sodas, juices, dairy, desserts, industrial bakery, and in most of the products labeled as “no sugar” “0% sugar”, “sugar free”, “light”, “zero”, “low carb”. It is used in protein shakes and chewable pharmaceutic products or syrups as well.

This additive was authorized by EU and FDA since 1988 without exhaustive studies. Compared with Aspartame, Saccharine, and Acesulfame, this one is the most harmful. A study on mice in 2005, showed that in long term consumption it can be cancerogenic and promotes neurologic problems, hyperglycemia and insulin secretion.

It is important to know that all processed products have one or more additives, either as preservatives, flavor enhancers, colorants or sweeteners, and the main goal of food industry is to produce as many products as possible, at the lowest cost and with the longest shelf life. The responsibiliy lies in us, we must read all labels, knowing every single ingredient contained in all the products we buy for consumption, The less processes a food is, the better.

Eat simple, eat natural

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