Diet Pepsi Will No Longer Contain Aspartame

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As we learn more and more about the different additives and preservatives as well as chemically derived foods that have so many uses, we also learn that some are not as good for us as we may have hoped. Diet Pepsi will no longer contain aspartame, a chemical sweetener that has come under fire for its controversial side effects, for its Diet Pepsi that is marketed and sold in the USA. Aspartame was approved for use in the USA in 1974.

Aspartame has been criticized as a possible carcinogen, although Pepsi officials maintain there is no definitive evidence that aspartame has any negative effects associated with using it. Regardless, the company has decided that the artificial sweetener, which is 200 times sweeter than sucrose, has a bad reputation, and that may be affecting sales of the drink in North America. Sales of the drink dropped five percent in 2014. Since consumers have been influenced to believe that the sweetener is possibly bad for them, Pepsi has decided to replace aspartame with sucralose in its Diet Pepsi sold in the United States.

Aspartame is a sweetener found in many food products including chewing gum, yogurt and other foods. It has been the subject of extensive research most of it concluding that aspartame is safe in moderate doses. A moderate dose is measured as 40mg per kilogram of body weight each day. In lay terms, to reach the moderate level of intake, a person would have to drink about 12 cans of Pepsi Cola each day.

Pepsi is one of the very earliest soft drinks to come on the market, appearing in 1893 called, Brad’s drink, after the person who invented it. The original recipe was intended as a drink to help digestion and included vanilla, sugar, pepsin, and kola nuts. The name was changed to Pepsi in 1898. Sugar-free varieties did not appear until much later. Find out more about this topic and many others at the website, Time, by following the link below.

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