Thursday, March 8, 2012

Acesulfame Potassium

A synthetic noncaloric sweetener marketed under the trademark Sunnette. It is approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose. Heat does not affect its sweetening ability, an advantage over aspartame. Also called acesulfame potassium.


The 1970s tests of acesulfame—two tests carried out in rats and one in mice—are inadequate to establish lack of potential carcinogenicity.


Acesulfame K stimulates insulin secretion in a dose dependent fashion thereby possibly aggravating reactive hypoglycemia ("low blood sugar attacks").

Acesulfame K apparently produced lung tumors, breast tumors, rare types of tumors of other organs (such as the thymus gland), several forms of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in several rodent studies, even when less than maximum doses were given.



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