Jun 28, 2016 3:26 PM

Diet Pepsi is re-adding a cancer causing ingredient


NEW YORK — Diet Pepsi will be re-adding aspartame to their products after PepsiCo saw sales drop when they removed the ingredient last summer, CBS News reported.

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener and was re-added to the drink to appease customers who don't like the taste of the drink without the aspartame.

When the company removed the aspartame they used sucralose, commonly known as Splenda. PepsiCo will still offer the drink with sucralose and those cans will be silver. The "classic" Diet Pepsi with the aspartame will come in light blue packaging.

Aspartame was removed because it had been linked to cancer in lab mice, even though it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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