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[mass noun] A white crystalline compound used as a low-calorie artificial sweetener, typically in the form of a potassium salt (acesulfame-K).
- ‘Saccharin, acesulfame-K and sucralose are non-nutritive sweeteners.’
- ‘Breyers also adds acesulfame potassium, an artificial sweetener that may or may not be safe (it hasn't been adequately tested).’
- ‘Commonly used sweetener ingredients in ice creams include Litesse polydextrose, acesulfame potassium and various polyols, and more recently the use of Splenda-brand sucralose in ice cream has become widespread.’
- ‘In the United States, four artificial sweeteners are approved for use: saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame-K.’
- ‘I have reservations about the other sweeteners, such as acesulfame-K, sucralose (SplendaR] No Calorie Sweetener), and the cyclamates.’
- ‘At the other end of the spectrum, high-intensity sweeteners like acesulfame K, sucralose, and aspartame (Equal or NutraSweet) are used in much smaller quantities because they are many times sweeter than sugar.’
- ‘In other Splenda news, Coca-Cola is introducing a Diet Coke with Splenda (actually ‘a blend of Splenda and acesulfame potassium (ace-k) for optimal taste ’).’
- ‘There may be occasion to blend various high-intensity sweeteners such as aspartame and acesulfame-K with a non-digestible oligosaccharide such as inulin, or some such combination for one reason or another.’
1980s: of unknown origin.
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