Acesulfame K – C4H4KNO4S - Acesulfame potassium is a calorie-free artificial sweetener, also known as Acesulfame K or Ace K (K being the symbol for potassium), and marketed under the trade names Sunett and Sweet One. Since Acesulfame potassium can be used as a "healthy" sugar substitute because it contains no calories, this means it is safe for people that want to loose weight and diabetics. It can be found diet soft drinks, low-cal frozen desserts and cookies, and sugar-free candy and gum. More than 90 studies have verified its short-term safety; however, acesulfame hasn't been around long enough to determine whether long-term use may cause cancer. There have also been no adverse affects on women while pregnant.

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Image Citation:
Orphardt, C. (2003). Acesulfame-K. Retrieved March 18, 2008, from Elmhurst.edu Web site: http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/549acesulfame.html

Citations:
Kaboose Inc., (2007). Sweet Nothings. Retrieved March 18, 2008, from Kaboose Web site: http://health.kaboose.com/nutrition/sweeteners2.html

Goodwin, Kathleen (2006, October 24). Sugar Substitutes: The Skinny On Sugar Substitutes. Retrieved March 18, 2008, from Thedietchannel Web site: http://www.thedietchannel.com/Sugar-Substitutes-The-Skinny-On-Sugar-Substitutes.htm