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Diet Pepsi Changing Its Sweetener Formula

Posted 12/17/2012 6:00 am by

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PepsiCo is not content to rest on its laurels as a company.  Indeed, they seem to be always tinkering with their brand’s ingredients.  Sometimes, this change is to avoid warning labels.  Sometimes, it’s a change to improve the health of the customer.  Sometimes, it’s just an odd new flavor.  Either way, Pepsi doesn’t just sit around not making changes when they can make their product better.  Indeed, Diet Pepsi is getting an improvement.  PepsiCo is changing its sweetener formula for Diet Pepsi.  Diet Pepsi’s traditional aspartame is having a second chemical, acesulfame potassium, added to it.

Aspartame is sensitive to heat and degrades over time.  The addition of acesulfame potassium to the aspartame sweetener cocktail is supposed to make the drinks last longer and stay more consistently sweet while on the shelves or in your fridge.  The combination of sweeteners is used in newer diet sodas; old standby Diet Coke uses aspartame only.

The move does not change Diet Pepsi’s taste in the slightest, Pepsi maintains.  The roll-out also will be gradual.  As your area runs out of Pepsi in stock, the newly configured Diet Pepsi will move into its place on store shelves.

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