Diet Pepsi to reintroduce aspartame in United States

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Pepsi will reintroduce aspartame with new diet soda

Less than a year after PepsiCo said it would be eliminating the artificial sweetener aspartame from its Diet Pepsi recipe, the company has announced it's bringing it back. According to the company, the initial move away from aspartame was due to consumer safety concerns, but sales have plummeted since.

The company said that removing aspartame was the first request from customers. In the first quarter of 2016, however, sales volume for Diet Pepsi declined over 10 percent.

SEE ALSO: Woman gets fired over near-fatal allergic reaction

PepsiCo announced that they will launch "Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend" this September. It will come in a "retro light blue packaging" and be available in 12-ounce cans, 20-ounce bottles and 2-liter bottles.

The company said in a statement, "For those consumers who love Diet Pepsi with aspartame, we have been exploring ways to make it available."

"Consumers want choice in diet colas, so we're refreshing our U.S. lineup to provide three options that meet differing needs and taste preferences," the statement continued.

RELATED: Ways to feel energized without caffeine or sugar

6 ways to stay energized without caffeine or sugar
See Gallery
6 ways to stay energized without caffeine or sugar

1. Drink water

Photo credit: Getty

2. Hit the gym

Photo credit: Getty

3. Get more sleep

Photo credit: Getty

4. Eat a balanced breakfast

Photo credit: Getty

5. Blast upbeat tunes

Photo credit: Getty

6. Eat smaller meals

Photo credit: Getty


The "classic" blend will be in blue cans; the current recipe -- "Traditional Diet Pepsi" -- will be available in silver sans. Traditional Diet Pepsi will be sweetened with sucralose, commonly known by its brand name Splenda.

Aspartame, branded as Equal or NutraSweet, has been linked to cancer in lab mice. The Food and Drug Administration, however, stands by the artificial sweetener's safety.

In addition to this change, Pepsi also announced that it will be rebranding Pepsi MAX as Pepsi Zero Sugar. It will also contain aspartame.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Best Bites by AOL and receive delicious recipes delivered to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

People are Reading

Search Recipes