Diet Pepsi's Change of Sweetener Could Mean the 'End of the World' for These Foods

soda cansHey, soda drinkers, listen up! Word on the street is that Diet Pepsi may be getting a formulation makeover. Don't worry -- it doesn't sound as out there as New Coke or Pepsi Clear. Instead, they're reportedly changing the soft drink's sweetener ahead of a major rebranding for next month.

Innnnteresting, eh? Though we don't yet know which sweetener they're swapping in, the news definitely makes you wonder: Could this be the beginning of the end for artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose (Splenda)? I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case, given the bad rap they've acquired in the past few years. Whether or not the Mayans were right about the end of the world (due this Friday!), here, other foods and food additives that may very well be in danger of their own apocalypse sooner rather than later ...

  1. High fructose corn syrup - More and more we're seeing products advertise that they don't contain the more shelf-stable but fat-triggering sweetener. Looks like food companies that have been using it may soon have to do away with it for good!
  2. Red meat - If the meat industry can't figure out a way to cut the crap (literally) out of beef, we may have to kiss it bye-bye! 
  3. Bagged salad - Sure, it's convenient, but after various brands have had issues with contamination -- like with Listeria monocytogenes -- it may be on its way out.
  4. Peanuts and peanut butter - Not only has the family fave gotten a reputation for being a major allergen in recent years, but then it had to go and get contaminated with Salmonella. Will we soon have to say sayonara to our baseball snacks and PB&Js?!
  5. Artificial food coloring - We may have to get used to eating naturally-colored food if the Center for Science in the Public Interest has anything to say about food dyes, which they assert "pose risks of cancer, hyperactivity in children, and allergies, and should be banned."

What other foods or food additives do you think may soon be extinct?!

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