PepsiCo Inc. Pepsi will now sell both the aspartame- and sucralose-sweetened versions of Diet Pepsi. Diet soda sales have tumbled as consumers, turned off by studies on artificial sweeteners, have switched to bottled water, teas and energy drinks, instead. Widely reported studies have shown a correlation between cancer and aspartame consumption in rats — but not in humans. And in the four decades since Perrier water was launched in the U. The Food and Drug Administration has ruled that artificial sweeteners are safe, and sucralose, which was accidentally discovered by U. Aspartame is made from two amino acids, while sucralose is a modified form of sugar with added chlorine. Read: Drinking diet soda linked to heart disease. Diet Pepsi will still contain another FDA-approved artificial sweetener — acesulfame-potassium, or ace-K — which some researchers have said needs further testing and research. It has about half the calories of a regular Coke, and uses both cane sugar and the natural plant sweetener Stevia, a sugar substitute that has been growing in popularity in recent years. To highlight the natural ingredient, Coca-Cola Life will also have a green label instead of the traditional red.
Pepsi is getting rid of aspartame, the artificial sweetener and sugar substitute that has been an ingredient in Diet Pepsi for decades. Today the company announced that the change will come later this year. Aspartame will be removed from every Diet Pepsi brand, including the regular product, its caffeine-free alternative, and Diet Pepsi Cherry. And while there’s nothing natural about those ingredients either, they don’t carry the same health controversies and unknowns that’ve dogged aspartame also known as NutraSweet for years. It’s one of the most throughly tested ingredients in the world, but assurances from the FDA and the agency’s international counterparts that aspartame is safe for human consumption have done little to shine up its reputation. Can it cause cancer? Does it actually contribute to people gaining weight — the opposite purpose of diet cola?
And then take it away. Ingredients Settles on June 3, at pm. Hansen’s diet sodas are aspartame with Splenda and contain no aspartame. Goodbye Pepsico Reply. Looking for something good though. TheBum on April diet, at pm. We all need to write Free and request it so they ingreidents see not all their consume base wants the aspartame back in their products. Lugenia Sapp on June 23, at pm. Exactly, Dawn. J Anderson on February 6, at am. And to add insult to injury have now added poison pepsi 2, Splenda.