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PepsiCo will stop using aspartame and replace it with sucralose
"Light" Coke, which is sold by PepsiCo in the US, will stop using aspartame sweeteners to eliminate consumer concerns about product safety.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported on the 27th that the Pepsi "light" Coke without Aspartame will enter the US market in August this year.
British and US regulators insist that the use of aspartame in soft drinks does not pose a health hazard. But PepsiCo said that the cessation of use of aspartame is a commercial decision in response to consumer concerns; sucralose will be used instead of aspartame.
Pepsi Coveman, vice president of PepsiCo, said that aspartame is the "number one reason" for consumers to give up this drink.
Pepsi "Light" Coke sales in the US fell more than 5% last year. Coincidentally, Coca-Cola's “Jianyi” Cola also contained aspartame, with sales falling by more than 6% during the same period.
Aspartic sweeteners have been controversial since they were first approved in the 1980s. This sweetener, alias E951, is about 200 times sweeter than sucrose, but contains almost no calories.
Thousands of foods and beverages worldwide add aspartame to sugar, including breakfast oatmeal and sugar-free chewing gum.
Food experts have been closely monitoring the use of this sweetener after a series of rumors that the consumption of aspartame may have side effects.
The Italian Lamazini Foundation published a study in July 2005, stating that the rats used the same dose of aspartame as humans to grow tumors.
However, European regulators believe that this study is not credible and that aspartame can still be used as a food additive. The US Food and Drug Administration says more than 100 studies have proven the safety of aspartame.
But regulators acknowledge that human intake of aspartame should have a dose limit.
In addition, people with hereditary disease phenylketonuria cannot safely consume aspartame.