Pepsi is the #3 soda brand in the U.S. behind Coke and Diet Coke. Pepsi follows in third place with Mountain Dew in fourth place. Behind them in soda sales are Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Diet Pepsi, Diet Mountain Dew, Diet Dr. Pepper, Fanta comes in last.
Trying to bump up its market share in the soda world, Pepsi has added another artificial ingredient to its diet soda concoction, acesulfame potassium. Aspartame, already an ingredient of Pepsi and many other soda drinks, breaks down over time changing taste. Acesulfame potassium is added to stabilize this decomposition in soda and food.
What IS acesulfame potassium?
In the trades it’s called Ace K, “k” being the chemistry symbol for potassium. Acesulfame potassium is also the least tested of all the artificial sweeteners: Splenda and Aspartame. Because acesulfame potassium is about 200 times sweeter than sugar, it blends itself nicely with sweeteners like the above mentioned. It also is reported to make Splenda and Aspartame taste more like sugar.
Although many consider Ace K safe there have been concerns by independent researchers. One concern of acesulfame potassium is that it may cause reactive hypoglycemia hours after consuming. Long term exposure to methylene chloride, a component in Ace K, can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. (Studies by the Center For Science In The Public Interest indicated that in testing in laboratory animals, increased rates of liver, thyroid cancers were reported.)
Why drink diet soda? Why drink ANY to begin with? It’s nasty stuff – has nasty ingredients and is bad for you all around. Bad for your teeth, bones, nervous system and with all those chemicals in it, this makes my “ICK” list!
Best thing to do is cut out the soda completely! (See article below)
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