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Acesulfame, also called Ace-K among others, is an artificial calorie-free sweetener.


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Acesulfame is about 100–200 times sweeter than table sugar,[1] though it can have a bitter aftertaste.[2] It is more heat-stable than some other artificial sweeteners, which allows it to be used in baked goods.

It is used extensively in commercial baked goods, beveragees, candies, puddings, and other low-sugar or -calorie products.[1]

Acesulfame is often combined with other artificial sweeteners like cyclamate, sucralose, and aspartame. This manner of blending not only increases the sweetness but is also known to reduce acesulfame's bitter off-taste.[2]


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  1. a b Rinsky, Glenn; Rinsky, Laura Halpin (2008-02-28). The Pastry Chef's Companion: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for the Baking and Pastry Professional. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-00955-0.
  2. a b Zeece, Michael (2020). Introduction to the chemistry of food. London San Diego Cambridge Oxford: Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-12-809434-1.