Earlier this month, it was reported that Pepsi has decided to remove aspartame from Diet Pepsi, and replace it with Splenda. The Inquisitr reported on the monumental beverage news when it was initially announced. Apparently, the decision was made in response to customer views on aspartame, which has been heavily studied to be harmful for consumption, but also countered with supposed studies of the contrary by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Nevertheless, aspartame is on the way out and Splenda is on the way in for Diet Pepsi. However, many in the green and organic communities argue that all Pepsi Corporation did was replace one harmful ingredient in Diet Pepsi with another harmful ingredient.
According to Althealth Works, Splenda is a result of a five-part laboratory process that takes an original sugar and adds three molecules of chlorine to it. Though advertised as a sugar alternative, it seems there is a lot of bad that comes with Splenda. In 2013, the Center of Science in the Public Interest, downgraded Splenda from “safe” to “caution” when a study in Italy found that it caused leukemia in mice. In another study, published in the Journal for Toxicology and Environment Health back in 2008, Splenda was also found to reduce the number of beneficial bacteria by as much as 50 percent.
Probably the best source to consult on the negatives on Splenda is Dr. Joseph Mercola, who has been thoroughly gathering information on its negatives for years, as shown through the video below.
It should also be noted that Splenda is only replacing aspartame, but another harmful ingredient is still present in Diet Pepsi. According to USA Today, Michael Jacobson, who is the director for the Center of Science in the Public Interest, argued that ace-K, which is still present in Diet Pepsi, is problematic and may account for issues in people when consumed.
“Diet Pepsi will still contain acesulfame-potassium (ace-K). Consumers should avoid that sweetener as well. It is poorly tested, but the tests done by the manufacturer in the 1970s suggest that ace-K, too, might pose a cancer risk.”
It should also be noted that despite Pepsi saying all their sweeteners are safe, as mentioned by Pepsi spokeswoman Elisa Baker, the ingredient is listed in the “avoid” category by the Center for Science for the Public Interest. Nevertheless, Pepsi is giving exactly what public opinion and direction wants. They are taking out the aspartame out of Diet Pepsi. The public never argued what should replace it.
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