One of the most common questions we get about Kanguru is “how is it sweetened?”, which is then usually followed by “but aren’t artificial sweeteners bad for you?” or questions around the things contained within those artificial sweeteners.
The botanicals used in Kanguru are very bitter by themselves, and as we have them in legitimate, beneficial, and not token amounts, we developed a smooth refreshing taste for you to enjoy by adding our own well-researched and unique mixture of sweeteners, namely Steviol glycosides, a plant-based sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, Sucralose and Acesulphame Potassium (or Ace K). So, we have a well-considered unique mixture of natural and artificial sweeteners that don’t contain other things like methyl chloride.
Why use artificial sweeteners at all?
In the development process of 1,982 samples, we couldn’t deliver the clean taste we demanded, with real energy and real benefits, without our unique sweetening formula; it’s about the taste and trying to replicate the sweetness of sugar and minimising the tastes associated with all other sweeteners, whether they are natural or artificial.
Remember, just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s good for you, with relevantly, sugar-loaded drinks being the best example.
Our sweetening agents have been extensively studied and more than 100 safety studies were reviewed by the FDA in approving their use as general purpose sweeteners for food. Being four years in development, we firmly believe Kanguru is the best formulated multifunctional beverage possible.
Is Ace K the same as Aspartame?
OK, time to get technical – No. Ace K is very different to Aspartame.
Aspartame is the methyl ester of the dipeptide aspartic acid/phenylalanine. It is 180 to 200 times as sweet as sugar, but unlike Ace K, it is rapidly hydrolysed in the small intestine It also breaks down into its constituent amino acids under conditions of elevated temperature or high pH, so it is unsuitable for cooking with and has a limited shelf life in soft drinks and other carbonated beverages.
Because aspartame contains a small amount of phenylalanine, foods containing it must carry a warning segment “Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine” on labels.
For these reasons, amongst others, we rejected Aspartame as a contender in our formulations.
So, what is Ace K?
Conversely, Acesulphame K (Ace K) is made by the transformation of acetoacetic acid with potassium. It is highly stable material, that is 200 times sweeter than sugar. It is not metabolised or stored in the human body and is excreted rapidly through urine.
Regulatory Authorities throughout the World have approved the use of Ace K (as with any Food Additive) after rigorous testing for its safety.
Before artificial sweeteners (or intense sweeteners) could be added to foods and sold in Australia, the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) tested them to make sure they are safe to consume.
Our ingredients all meet the safe and strict requirements of FSANZ.
But don’t just take our word for it – see the Dieticians Association of Australia here.