Diet Pepsi Finally Removes Dangerous Additive But the Replacement Raises Eyebrows

Soda companies are getting the message that we're more aware than ever about the harmful chemicals and additives that continue to be put into many of the drinks they sell, particularly their diet beverages. As a result, PepsiCo just announced it will be removing aspartame from Diet Pepsi and replacing the artificial sweetener with another artificial sweetener: Splenda. Is that really as great as they're making it out to be?

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Sales of Diet Coke fell 5 percent in the first three months of this year, which prompted the company to take another look at why so many of its loyal customers may be turning to Seltzer or plain old water. I can say, from experience, I know at least three people who recently gave up diet soda completely, after years of drinking the stuff morning, noon, and night.

So, while it's a little depressing that the company made the decision to stop producing its product with aspartame—which is linked to an increased risk of cancer, for God's sake—because of profit, I guess we take what we can get and should at least be grateful that they're removing this disgusting poison from its diet soda.

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PepsiCo insists they're removing aspartame, not because it is 100 percent proven to be unsafe (they point to the Food and Drug Administration's 100-plus studies, which have failed to say for certain that the chemical causes cancer) but because they want to respect their customers' concerns. This has nothing at all to do with wanting to continue to generate billions of dollars in profit, so don't even think it!

Unfortunately, what we're getting in return may not be 100 percent safe. The long-term health effects of Splenda, or sucralose, are still unknown, but experts are saying it could affect the body's response to sugar, which may increase the risk of diabetes.

Once again, we're being asked to take a risk with our health for the sake of a seriously sweet diet drink. While it may not add calories, diet soda has been known to actually cause more weight gain because those who use it as a form of weight control end up consuming more calories per day than those who don't drink diet beverages.

Bottom line: many foods and beverages contain artificial ingredients and dyes that may not be safe for consumption, but continue to appear on grocery shelves. It's up to us to do our homework and make good choices.

Does this news affect the way you feel about Diet Pepsi?

 

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