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PepsiCo stops using aspartame

PepsiCo North America Beverages has decided to stop using aspartame as a sweetener in its drinks because consumers think it’s dangerous. The US Food and Drug Administration describe aspartame as “one of the most thoroughly tested and studied food additives the agency has ever approved,” and it has been passed as safe for human consumption by more than 90 countries around the world including Australia. Aspartame was discovered in 1965 andhas been approved for use since 1981 Despite controversy, repeated studies has always found it to be safe for use as a sweetener. Aspartame, also known as E951, is about 200 times sweeter than sugar but contains very few calories.
PepsiCo says it will replace aspartame with another sweetener – sucralose – mixed with acesulfame potassium. PepsiCo insists that the switch to sucralose will not impact the taste of these drinks, but we should expect a “slightly different mouthfeel.”Aspartame-free cans of the drink will go on sale from August in America, but not in Australia.
For people who want to avoid aspartame, the easiest way to do this is to check the labels before buying or eating foods or drinks. If aspartame is in the product it will be listed in the ingredients. The product label will also contain the warning “Phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine.”

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