E950 is the European food additive code for acesulfame K, also known as acesulfame potassium. Acesulfame potassium K is a non-caloric sweetener commonly used as a sugar substitute in a variety of food and beverage products. It is one of several artificial sweeteners that provide sweetness without adding calories.
Acesulfame potassium is approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). It is often combined with other sweeteners to enhance sweetness and provide a more sugar-like taste.
Acesulfame potassium is heat stable and suitable for use in cooking and baking. Maintains sweetness even at high temperatures.
Acesulfame potassium is sometimes combined with other sweeteners, such as aspartame or sucralose, to create a synergistic effect that enhances sweetness and reduces the total amount of sweetener required.
Applications in food and beverages:
Acesulfame potassium is commonly used in a variety of products, including soft drinks, desserts, candies, baked goods, and sugar-free or "diet" products.
Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI):
Like other artificial sweeteners, acesulfame potassium has an established Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI), which represents a safe daily intake over a lifetime. It has been approved by multiple food safety agencies, including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
It is important to note that acesulfame potassium is considered safe for consumption within established regulatory limits. As with any food additive, individuals with specific health concerns or dietary restrictions should be aware of its presence in certain products and check food labels accordingly.