The actual taste of the new Diet Pepsi shouldn't be any different, but the sweetness could have longer shelf life with acesulfame potassium
PepsiCo said in a statement Sunday that it was adding a "very small amount" of acesulfame potassium
"to ensure consistency with every sip.
Food additives permitted for direct addition to food for human consumption: acesulfame potassium
A: Acesulfame potassium
, or acesulfame K, was approved as a sugar substitute to be used in some products back in 1988.
FDA last week approved the use of the calorie-free sweetener acesulfame potassium
, or Ace-K under the brand name Sunett, in liquid beverages.
Focus on added sugars is also resulting in more use of other zero-calorie sweeteners to help keep caloric content down, notably sucralose and acesulfame potassium
But acesulfame potassium
and aspartame are poorly tested, and a new (still unpublished) mouse study suggests that sucralose (Splenda) may also be unsafe.
Non-nutritive (low-calorie) sweeteners covered in the statement include acesulfame potassium
, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, stevia and sucralose.
It is sweetened with a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium
Nutrinova is the inventor of acesulfame potassium
and a leading manufacturer of potassium sorbates and sorbic acid.
That is, they have no more than 120 calories and 2 grams of saturated fat, and they aren't sweetened with aspartame, acesulfame potassium
, or sucralose (see "Hold the Splenda").
If Pepsi One, which uses the new sweetener acesulfame potassium
, or Ace-K, is successful, it likely will take millions of dollars in sales away from rival Coca-Cola Co.