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Acesulfame K or Acesulfame Potassium is an artificial sweetener. It is 200 times sweeter than table sugar but lower in calories. Although the FDA approves acesulfame Kin food, it can produce cancer and should be avoided.
Acesulfame K is added to food and beverage products as a “healthier” alternative to sugar. Since it does not provide calories, it is claimed to be efficient for weight loss and diabetes. However, it was revealed that acesulfame K might increase your appetite and risk for weight gain.
Fruit and vegetable preserve
Jam, jelly, and marmalade
Toothpaste and mouthwash
Processed fruits and vegetables
Salad dressings and sauces
Condiments and relishes
Acesulfame K contains the carcinogen methylene chloride. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride can cause headaches, depression, nausea, mental confusion, liver effects, kidney effects, visual disturbances, and cancer in humans.
There is a controversy regarding the health effects of acesulfame K. some study claimed that it could lead to cancer, other evaluations revealed that it was no threats for cancer. The FDA has set an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of up to 15 mg/kg of body weight/day.