Acesulfame Potassium, also called acesulfame K or just ace-K, is a non-caloric artifical sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than sugar. It was discovered in 1967 by Hoechst AG and approved for use in the United States in 1988.
Acesulfame K is not metabolized by the body and is excreted unchanged.
Since acesulfame-K retains its sweetness when heated, it can be used for cooking and baking, unlike aspartame. Testing shows it is stable even at 392 degrees F (200 degrees C). However, it does not impart the correct texture to baked goods when used alone, so some sugar is often used. It also has a slight bitter aftertaste when used in large amounts.
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