Sick of acesulfame potassium in protein powder?

Sick of acesulfame potassium in protein powder? drink wholesome makes protein powder without protein powder without acesulfame potassium or any artificial sweeteners. It is sweetened with maple sugar or monk fruit. Order samples to see if our protein powder without acesulfame potassium is right for you. 

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Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

What is acesulfame potassium? 

Acesulfame potassium, also known as Ace-K, is an artificial sweetener. It was first 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, which makes it a popular choice for health conscious protein powder companies.

Is acesulfame potassium bad for you?

Despite their obvious benefits, artificial sweeteners like acesulfame potassium are 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.

Artificial sweeteners are also bad for the gut. Not only do they cause side effects like bloating, diarrhea, and stomach pain, but they can also disrupt the balance of the gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food. Over time, this can lead to  serious gastrointestinal (GI) problems and trigger the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders. 

Why maple sugar? 

If you’re in search of a protein shake without acesulfame potassium, you have landed in the right spot. We are proud to be one of the few companies that sweeten our protein supplements with real sugar. Specifically, we use Vermont maple sugar, which is sourced from the sap of sugar maple trees. It stands out as one of the most natural sweeteners and brings along a host of health benefits.

To start things off, maple sugar boasts a lower glycemic index when compared to refined sugar. This means it has a smaller impact on your blood sugar levels, which can be advantageous for individuals managing diabetes or aiming to shed a few pounds. Additionally, unlike refined sugar, maple sugar contains a variety of minerals and antioxidants that contribute to reducing inflammation. It is worth noting that inflammation is a key contributor to chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Maple sugar does not just excel in the health department; it also delivers an delicious sweetness. It has a robust maple flavor and aroma that closely resembles maple syrup, and there is no lingering aftertaste to contend with. In contrast, artificial sweeteners and stevia often leave behind a bitter aftertaste because they activate bitter taste receptors. Rest assured, your protein shake will never taste better.

Why monk fruit? 

We also use monk fruit as a sweetener in some of our protein powders, primarily to accommodate customers with sensitive stomachs who cannot tolerate added sugar. Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, is a fruit native to Southeast Asia with a melon-like appearance. Its remarkable sweetness, approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar, can be attributed to non-caloric compounds called mogrosides.

We choose monk fruit for several reasons. Firstly, it stands out as one of the most natural sugar substitutes available. It is made by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder. Essentially, what ends up in your protein shake is concentrated fruit juice. Another aspect we appreciate about monk fruit is its sweetness, which closely mirrors that of sugar. Among all sugar substitutes, it leaves behind the least noticeable aftertaste.

It’s worth noting that because commercially available monk fruit sweetener has only been around for approximately a decade, its potential effects on chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes have not been extensively documented. Nevertheless, it has been a staple in Asian cuisine for centuries, with no known side effects, even when consumed in substantial quantities. Furthermore, small randomized trials have indicated that monk fruit sweetener does not appear to have adverse impacts on blood sugar or insulin levels.

What is the best protein powder without acesulfame potassium?

We make the best acesulfame potassium-free protein powder using sweeteners like maple sugar and monk fruit. Our protein powders are not nearly as sweet as the average protein supplement, but they still make delicious protein shakes. If you are looking for natural alternative to artificial sweeteners, or are simply sick of protein powders that are too sweet, give drink wholesome a try. We can help you say goodbye to acesulfame potassium in protein powder forever!



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