Sick of acesulfame potassium in protein powder?
What is acesulfame potassium?
Acesulfame potassium, also known as Ace-K, is an artificial sweetener. It was discovered in 1967, and has been approved for a variety of uses in more than 90 countries. In conventional acesulfame potassium production processes, sulfamic acid and an amine are reacted to form an amidosulfamic acid salt. The amidosulfamic acid salt is then reacted with diketene to form an acetoacetamide salt, which may be cyclized,
hydrolyzed, and neutralized to form acesulfame potassium. Now you know why it is called an ‘artificial sweetener.’
Ace-K is added to foods and beverages to make them sweet, and is popular because of its intense sweetness. A pinch can be used to achieve the same amount of sweetness as several tablespoons of sugar. This allows food manufacturers to reduce both the caloric and sugar content of their products.
Is acesulfame potassium bad for you?
Despite their obvious benefits, artificial sweeteners like acesulfame potassium may not be good for you. First of all, several studies have shown that artificial sweeteners may increase cravings toward sugary and sweet foods, which can lead to binging and feelings of withdrawal. Other studies have associated artificial sweeteners with a higher risk of glucose intolerance, which is a precursor for pre-diabetes and diabetes.
Research also suggests that artificial sweeteners may be bad for the gut because they are poorly digested. This means they sit in your gut for longer than they should. This gives your gut bacteria more time to ferment (eat), and as they eat, these bacteria produce gas, which causes bloating, cramps, and nausea.
In the long term, artificial sweeteners can alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious GI problems and widespread inflammation. Some artificial sweeteners can also cause diarrhea because they draw water into your gut. Now you might finally have something to blame for those post-protein shake trips to the bathroom.
If not acesulfame potassium, then what do you use?
If you are struggling to find a protein supplement without acesulfame potassium, try drink wholesome. Our protein powders are sweetened with monk fruit. Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, is a melon-like fruit native to Southeast Asia. Its intense sweetness, which is about 200 times that of sugar, is provided by non-caloric compounds called mogrosides.
We use monk fruit for a number of reasons. First of all, it is the most natural sugar substitute on the market. Monk fruit sweetener is made by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder. What ends up in your protein powder is basically concentrated fruit juice.
It goes without saying that artificial sweeteners are unnatural, and stevia, although celebrated as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners, may not be as natural as you think. Stevia is extracted from the stevia rebaudiana plant using chemicals like ethanol and methyl alcohol. This, some argue, makes it no more more natural than the artificial sweeteners that it seeks to replace. In fact, a recent class action lawsuit filed in California reached a $6.1 million settlement because it was ruled that the company in question falsely labeled and advertised its stevia sweeteners as “natural.”
Another reason why we use monk fruit is that it is sweet like sugar. Artificial sweeteners and stevia, on the other hand, have a bitter aftertaste because they activate bitter taste receptors. This bitterness can linger in your mouth for hours.
Given that monk fruit sweetener has only been commercially available for about a decade, its impact on, and association with, chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes has not been well documented. That said, it has been safely used in Asian cuisine for centuries and has no known side effects, even when consumed in large quantities. Moreover, small randomized trials have shown that monk fruit sweetener does not negatively impact blood sugar or insulin levels. For this reason, as well as those outlined above, we believe that monk fruit is the best available sweetener for our protein powders. In case you were wondering, most companies do not use monk fruit because it is expensive.
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