News Roundup: Pepsi's Trade of Aspartame for Sucralose may Boost Sales, Not Health


PepsiCo recently announced that it will stop using aspartame to sweeten some of its diet products. Beginning in August, the drinks will instead be sweetened with Sucralose. According to Pepsi, this move is in response to declining sales and the removal of aspartame is the number one request from its customers.

The research is not totally clear regarding the safety of many artificial sweeteners (aspartame and Sucralose included), but many health advocates feel there is enough research that links negative health effects with artificial sweeteners to say that Diet Pepsi products are no more “healthier” after the reformulation than before.

This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts discussing Diet Pepsi’s change from aspartame to Sucralose and the subsequent response from around the web.

Diet Pepsi Ditches Aspartame, Opts for Other Controversial Sweeteners.  Fooducate. “The current mix of aspartame and acesulfame potassium (ace-k), will be replaced by sucralose and ace-k. Unfortunately this change is not really helpful, and serves as lip service to the gullible public. When it comes to health risks, sucralose has less incriminating evidence compared to aspartame, but it is nonetheless a problematic artificial sweetener. Even worse, is the fact that ace-k is still being used.”

Diet Pepsi is ditching aspartame, but the sweetest thing you could do is stop drinking soda altogether.  NY Daily News. “To get to the heart of the problem, though, we really need to stop drinking soda. Period. We must gradually master the art of promoting health, and that means learning to want the things our body really needs.”

Sugar substitutes don't guarantee good health, says Dr. Raj Bhardwaj.  CBC News.  “Sugar substitutes give some people a license to eat more…they think, 'I'm having a Diet Coke, so I'm going to super-size my fries because I'm saving all those calories.' Well, you might be saving 50 calories and gaining 150 or 250."

Pepsi Is Ditching One Fake Sweetener, But What About The Rest?  Mother Jones. “A slew of studies have shown that faux sugars may actually contribute to the very diet-related maladies they're marketed to protect us from—type 2 diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, strokes, and heart attacks.”


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