Acesulfame K is 200 times sweeter than sucrose (common sugar), as sweet as aspartame, about 2/3 as sweet as saccharin, and 1/3 as sweet as sucralose. Like saccharin, it has a slightly bitter aftertaste, especially at high concentrations. Kraft Foods has patented the use of sodium ferulate to mask acesulfame's aftertaste. Acesulfame K is often blended with other sweeteners (usually sucralose or aspartame). These blends are reputed to give a more sucrose like taste whereby each sweetener masks the other's aftertaste, and/or exhibits a synergistic effect by which the blend is sweeter than its components.
Unlike aspartame, acesulfame K is stable under heat, even under moderately acidic or basic conditions, allowing it to be used as a food additive in baking, or in products that require a long shelf life. In carbonated drinks, it is almost always used in conjunction with another sweetener, such as aspartame or sucralose. It is also used as a sweetener in protein shakes and pharmaceutical products, especially chewable and liquid medications, where it can make the active ingredients more palatable.
Acesulfame K is used in mainy applications and in particular in baked goods and in beverages. In carbonated drinks, it is almost always used in conjunction with another sweetener, such as aspartame or sucralose.
Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K) is a white, odorless, freely flowing powder having an intense sweet taste. A 3% solution is approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose. It is freely soluble in water and slightly soluble in ethanol.
Chemical Name : 6-Methyl-1,2,3-oxathiazine-4(3H)-one-2,2-dioxide potassium salt
Molecular Formula : C4H4NO4SK
Molecular Weight : 201.24
Suggested Usage/Applications :
Ace-K meets all the requirements of the current FCC, USP/NF, JECFA, EP and JP.