Aspartame to be removed from Diet Pepsi

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The controversial sweetener, Aspartame is being dropped from Diet Pepsi due to safety concerns of consumers. The sweetener has been linked with a number of health issues despite the researchers having proven it to be safe.

The ingredient will be dropped from the drink in response to customer complaints, the brand stated. It will now be replaced by sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda in Diet Pepsi, Caffeine-Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi. The sweetener, which is about 200 times sweeter than sugar, is widely used to sweeten diet sodas.


The ingredient is generally used in fizzy drinks and diet products and has been at the centre of critical reports dating back decades linking it to everything from cancer to premature birth. This is despite the Food and Drug Administration stating that more than 100 studies support aspartame’s safety. However these assurances have failed to convince a majority of people, who continue to report adverse reactions, such as headaches and nausea after consuming foods containing the sweetener.


Aspartame is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitutes in some foods and beverages. It was first sold under the brand name NutraSweet. It was first synthesized in 1965, and the patent expired in 1992. Aspartame is approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). Due to this property, even though aspartame produces four kilocalories of energy per gram when metabolized, the quantity of aspartame needed to produce a sweet taste is so small that its caloric contribution is negligible.The taste of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners differs from that of table sugar in the times of onset and how long the sweetness lasts, though aspartame comes closest to sugar’s taste profile among approved artificial sweeteners.

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