Ace K Review

Ace K |
Acesulfame Potassium

by George Pierce

George Pierce
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If it is made with artificial sweetener, can you have some?

What is Ace K?

Ace K or Acesulfame K, Acesulfame Potassium is a white crystalline powder.  It has a slight after taste that is bitter.  Due to its after taste, you will find that it is often blended with other artificial sweeteners such as aspartame which is in Equal or with sucralose which is in Splenda.  All three artificial sweeteners are considered to be controversial.  

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When heated Ace K is stable, so it is used in baked goods.  Critics claim that Ace K can cause cancer, but there seems to be no evidence to prove this.  

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Is Ace K Safe?

Ace K or Acesulfame K, Acesulfame Potassium has a bad reputation.   Some of this is due to safety tests that were done in the 1970's that claimed Ace K caused cancer in rats.  Although these tests were later found to include flaws, poor monitoring of the test animals, and a test duration that was too short, Ace K's reputation was jeopardized.  

Later testing in 1996 by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)  led to the FDA allowing Ace K in soft drinks and has now approved its general use.   

In one 40 week study by the National Toxicology Program, 60 rats were given massive doses of Ace K ( the equivalent to a human consuming 1,343 12 oz cans of artificially sweetened soft drinks every day), with no signs of cancer or neoplasms.    On the other hand, in a more recent 40 week study , Ace K was said to be linked to abnormal brain function in mice.  

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How to Avoid Ace K:

Should you choose to avoid Ace K,  it will be listed on the ingredients as Ace K or Acesulfame K, Acesulfame Potassium and may also be listed as Sunnett or Sweet One.   Since it is a non-sugar sweetener, you are most likely to find it in low sugar or sugar free products.  Diet soft drinks may have Ace K along with other artificial sweeteners.

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My Evaluation:

My overall position on added chemicals, manufactured food additives, in general, food ingredients that are NOT natural, is that we should avoid them.   I suggest that you and I take a 'better safe than sorry approach' regarding non-natural food additives.  My opinion is that ACE K should be avoided.  

Before you make up you mind and for more help on this issue, 
please read:  Five Food Additives You Should Avoid.

My friend, I thank you for reading and wish you success on your weight loss journey.

George Pierce
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