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Welcome to our big Acesulfame K test 2021. Here we present all the acesulfame K products that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best acesulfame K product for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy acesulfame K.




Summary

  • Acesulfame K is one of the sweeteners that may be used in the manufacture of food in Europe.
  • Acesulfame is listed under the authorisation number E 950. If foods contain the additive, the authorisation number is usually found on the list.
  • Acesulfame K is heat-resistant and is therefore also very suitable as a sweetener for baking and cooking.

The best Acelsulfame K: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for acesulfame K

You would like to use acesulfame K as a sweetener and thus use significantly less sugar? You will soon be faced with the question of which of the products on offer could be suitable for you. Here it can help you to take a look at the following criteria, which can possibly influence your purchase decision. We have taken up the following points as criteria for the purchase of acesulfame:

You can read how the individual purchase criteria should be interpreted and evaluated in the following sections.

Form of presentation

Some sweetener variants are also offered in liquid form. This is not the case with acesulfame K.

Acesulfame K in powder form is more difficult to dose than acesulfame K tablets.

The sweetener is primarily available in tablet form or also as a sprinkle sweetener. Both variants have their advantages. With tablets, you know exactly what sweetening power a tablet brings. You can measure the powder on a scale, but this can be a little more difficult when it comes to exact dosage. Therefore, the dosage form can be very important when deciding which variant to choose.

Starch

Acesulfame K is up to 200 times stronger than industrial sugar. This puts it in the middle range of sweeteners, as there are also variants that are weaker or significantly stronger. However, the strength can be influenced if you choose a product in which acesulfame is combined with one or more other sweeteners.

Did you know that the sweetener Advantam is up to 37,000 times sweeter than household sugar? This sweetener, approved since June 2014, is the top sweetener of all known and approved sweeteners.

A good tip is to look at the strength before buying. How much sweetening power does a tablet bring? How much sweetness is in 100 grams of powder? This will help you to assess whether acesulfame is suitable for your purposes.

Additives

Pure acesulfame K is free of additives, so you know exactly what you are getting. As long as you are not allergic to the sweetener, you are not likely to have a reaction when taking it. The situation is different if the sweetener is enriched with additives. An important example is lactose.

Acesulfame K often contains additives that not everyone tolerates equally.

The lactose can cause severe intolerance, which manifests itself in nausea and also vomiting and diarrhoea. Lactose is often contained in acesulfame tablets. Some versions also contain flavouring. The flavouring is intended to create a special taste. Not everyone likes this taste. Therefore, it is important to check whether flavouring has been used in the sweetener before buying it.

Areas of application

You can actually cook and bake with acesulfame K. But this is not always possible. However, this is not always possible. There are some variants whose areas of use are limited. The sweetener must not be heated. If you want to prepare your cakes with acesulfame K, the areas of use play a particularly important role.

Acesulfam K

Not every type of acesulfame K is suitable for baking or cooking. It is therefore best to find out beforehand whether you have bought a product that is suitable for baking/cooking. (Image source. pexels / Alexander Drummer)

If it is a variant that is not boil-proof, this is usually stated on the packaging. You can then go on a search to find a sweetener that you can use across the board.

Handling

With up to 200 times the sweetening power of sugar, acesulfame K is a very good substitute. However, it is also important to check how well you can dose the sweetener, especially in relation to this strength. A very good dosage is possible with a dispenser that contains acesulfame in tablet form. Another option is to use powder. However, in order to get an exact dosage, you are forced to work with a scale. Even a pinch too much can be enough to achieve too high a sweetness.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying acesulfame K

Would you like to cut down on sugar? A total of 11 sweeteners are permitted in Europe, and one of them is acesulfame K. It is a synthetic substance that cannot be metabolised by your body, but has a very high sweetening power. If you are now thinking about whether acesulfame K is suitable for your purposes, the following questions are interesting for you.

What should be sweetened with acesulfame K?

The sweetening power of acesulfame K is around 200 times higher than that of industrial sugar. What sounds really high at first is not that high at all. This is due to the fact that there are sweeteners whose sweetening power is even 3,000 times higher than household sugar.

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Many sugar-free soft drinks are sweetened with acesulfame K. (Image source: 123rf / 28325166)

Acesulfame K is therefore quite suitable for sweetening your drinks or for use in sweetening cakes.

What types of acesulfame K are there?

Acesulfame is only offered in a few varieties as a sweetener. It is interesting that it is not provided in liquid form. When you go looking for sweeteners that contain acesulfame K, you will quickly realise that there is not much choice. A distinction is made between:

  • Acesulfame K pure
  • Acesulfame K with aspartame
  • Acesulfame K in tablet form
  • Acesulfame K as a sprinkle sweetener

To make your search for the perfect acesulfame easier, we will go into more detail about the different types in the next section.

Acesulfame K pure

Acesulfame K is offered pure. Sweeteners are often combined with each other. However, acesulfame is a sweetener that is also offered in its pure form. This has the advantage that you can be sure that you can use it for cooking. The possibilities opened up by pure acesulfame K are interesting. You can add the sweetener to alcoholic drinks, sweeten sauces and prepare desserts. But you can also use it for your tea or coffee.

Advantages
  • Very high sweetening power
  • Powder form and therefore easy to dose
  • No other additives
  • Can also be used for cooking and baking
Disadvantages
  • When used in large quantities, it can taste metallic and bitter
  • Does not bring any special flavour, just tastes sweet

With the pure variant you can be sure that no lactose is added. Especially nowadays, many people suffer from lactose intolerance. Sometimes, however, sweeteners are directly enriched with it. This is not the case with pure acesulfame K.

Acesulfame K with aspartame

Acesulfame K is very often offered in combination with aspartame. This mixture is primarily offered in the form of tablets as a sweetener. This is to optimise the sweetening. The combination also plays an important role in terms of taste.

Advantages
  • Usually as a dispenser with sweetener in tablet form
  • High sweetening power
  • Good tolerance
  • Easy dosage
Disadvantages
  • Not stable in cooking
  • Not suitable for cooking and baking

It is important to know that sweetener in this combination cannot be used for cooking or baking. This is due to the fact that it is not boil-proof.

Acesulfame K in tablet form

Especially if you are looking for a sweetener that you can use as an alternative to sugar, acesulfame K is available here in tablet form. Due to its rather high sweetening power, it is not so often used as a classic sweetener. The selection is therefore manageable. In general, however, the tablet form is very popular. The tablets are in a dispenser. On the dispenser, it is written what sweetening power a tablet has.

Advantages
  • Very good shelf life
  • Very easy to dose
  • Often one tablet is enough for sweetening
Disadvantages
  • No sweeteners for cooking and baking
  • No downward dosing possible
  • May contain lactose

This way you can estimate for yourself which dosage is necessary for you. It becomes more difficult if you want to use acesulfame in baking or cooking. This is usually not possible with the tablets.

Acesulfame K as a spread sweetener

Powdered sweeteners are sweeteners that are available in powder form. Pure acesulfame K is also offered as a powder.

Acesulfam K

If desired, acesulfame K can be used as an alternative to classic icing sugar. (Image source: pixabay / Pezibear)

However, a sprinkled sweetener usually contains other sweeteners. Therefore, it can also have a different taste. Sometimes it is also offered with flavouring. The dosage is not quite as simple here. This variant is suitable if you want to add acesulfame to your muesli or fruit salad, for example. But it is also suitable for stirring into tea.

Advantages
  • Can be used as a substitute for icing sugar
  • Sprinkling decoration possible
  • Dosage with spoon possible
  • Does not usually contain lactose
Disadvantages
  • Exact dosage is rather difficult

What is the daily dose for acesulfame K?

The European Food Safety Authority, EFSA in its abbreviation, issues recommendations for the maximum amount of sweeteners. These recommendations also exist for acesulfame K. In Europe, for example, a recommendation of 9 mg / kg body weight applies for the daily dose of Acesulfame K. The situation is different in the USA. Here the recommendation is even 15 mg / kg body weight. There is also a limit for the use in food. This ranges from 25 to 2500 mg per litre or per kg. This is quite a wide range. In the long term, regular consumption should be avoided. Regular consumption can, under certain circumstances, change the perception of taste. Children in particular should avoid sweeteners, as they could become accustomed to the extreme sweetness and accordingly develop a higher craving for sweet foods. This is due to the fact that recommendations are made based on information about how much of the food is consumed. For small amounts consumed, the recommended dose of acesulfame K may also be significantly higher than for foods from which larger amounts are consumed throughout the day.

What effect does acesulfame K have on the body?

The special thing about sweeteners is that they do not pass into your metabolism. They have this advantage over sugar. Whereas sugar is absorbed into your metabolism and can therefore end up on your hips, this is not the case with acesulfame K.
If you do not exceed the dose of acesulfame K, side effects are not to be expected.

However, sweeteners can of course affect your health. Several studies have been conducted to determine whether acesulfame K can have a negative effect on the body. If you do not exceed the recommended doses, it is not expected to affect your health. Acesulfame K is also safe to use in children up to a certain dose.(1) Some people react to sweeteners with nausea, diarrhoea and discomfort. If you notice this change in yourself when you take the sweetener, you can raise this with your doctor.

Can I lose weight with acesulfame K?

Acesulfame K is often used as a sugar substitute to reduce the amount of calories in a food. Industrial sugar is still not only an unhealthy additive. It is also considered a trigger for excessive weight and for the disease diabetes.(2) It is hardly surprising that sweeteners are becoming more and more interesting. But how well do they really help you lose weight?

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Unlike conventional sugar, the risk of diabetes is virtually non-existent with acesulfame K sweeteners. (Image source: pixaby / stevebp)

Since they are not absorbed by the metabolism, they cannot settle in your body as a depot and cause weight gain. However, the sweet taste can cause the production of insulin. Since your body is not supplied with usable sugar in this context, you still feel hungry. It is therefore possible that you will eat more food and your weight will increase again as a result.

What alternatives are there to acesulfame K?

There are other sweeteners on the market besides acesulfame K that can be used instead of table sugar:
Calorie-free sweeteners Sweetening power compared to sugar Number in ingredients list
Acesulfame K 200 E950
Aspartame 200 E951
Cyclamate 35 E952
Neohesperidin DC 1800 E959
Saccharin 300-500 E954
Thaumatin 3000 E957

Is acesulfame K bad for the body?

You may have heard that some sweeteners are suspected of supporting the development of cancer. This information was mainly provided by a study on the sweetener aspartame.(3) In an animal experiment, it was shown that very high doses of this sweetener support the formation of bladder cancer. Uncertainty remains, however, and some experts still advise against taking the sweetener regularly and in high doses. This is because they assume that there may have been errors in the studies.

What effects does acesulfame K have on my dental health?

Everyone knows that sugar is capable of triggering tooth decay. This is one of the reasons why many people try to cut down on sugar. It is interesting to note that acesulfame K can be an alternative. What is the connection with this? Acesulfame K is known not to cause tooth decay. This is why the sweetener is also used in toothpaste and medicines, among other things. Unlike cyclamate, for example, acesulfame K is also very popular in chewing gum.

How is acesulfame K produced?

The discovery of acesulfame K goes back to the 1960s. It was discovered as a result of a chemical reaction related to acetoacetic acid. Basically, the sweetener consists of oxygen and potassium, hydrogen, sulphur and carbon. Acesulfame K is still produced from acetoacetic acid. During the production process, white crystals are formed. The sweetener is particularly stable and can therefore be used for cooking and baking.

What does acesulfame taste like?

The question of what exactly acesulfame K actually tastes like is an exciting one. Perhaps you are still unsure whether you really want to replace the sugar in your coffee with the sweetener. After all, even small changes in taste can mean that you may no longer be able to enjoy your drink.

In terms of taste, acesulfame K is very often compared to natural sugar. It brings with it a very sweet taste.

However, it has also been shown that especially larger amounts bring a sometimes bitter taste. Sometimes it is therefore combined with other sweeteners. But you can also buy it pure.

Image source: 123rf / 83874646

References (3)

1. Aguilar F, Crebelli R, Di Domenico A, Dusemund B et al., Safety of the proposed extension of use of acesulfame K (E 950) in foods for special medical purposes in young children. EFSA Journal. 2016 April 5; Volume 14, Issue 4, 4437.
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2. Fagherazzi G, Vilier A, Saes Sartorelli D, Lajous M, Balkau B, Françoise CC. Consumption of artificially and sugar-sweetened beverages and incident type 2 diabetes in the Etude Epidémiologique auprès des femmes de la Mutuelle Générale de l'Education Nationale–European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition cohort. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2013 März; Vol. 97, Issue 3, Pages 517–523.
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3. Soffritti M, Belpoggi F, Manservigi M, Tibaldi E, Lauriola M, Falcioni L, Bua L. Aspartame administered in feed, beginning prenatally through life span, induces cancers of the liver and lung in male Swiss mice. Am. J. Ind. Med. 2010 September 30; 53:1197–1206.
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Aguilar F, Crebelli R, Di Domenico A, Dusemund B et al., Safety of the proposed extension of use of acesulfame K (E 950) in foods for special medical purposes in young children. EFSA Journal. 2016 April 5; Volume 14, Issue 4, 4437.
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Wissenschaftliche Studie
Fagherazzi G, Vilier A, Saes Sartorelli D, Lajous M, Balkau B, Françoise CC. Consumption of artificially and sugar-sweetened beverages and incident type 2 diabetes in the Etude Epidémiologique auprès des femmes de la Mutuelle Générale de l'Education Nationale–European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition cohort. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2013 März; Vol. 97, Issue 3, Pages 517–523.
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Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Soffritti M, Belpoggi F, Manservigi M, Tibaldi E, Lauriola M, Falcioni L, Bua L. Aspartame administered in feed, beginning prenatally through life span, induces cancers of the liver and lung in male Swiss mice. Am. J. Ind. Med. 2010 September 30; 53:1197–1206.
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