One urban legend seems to be true according to a new study – Artificial sweeteners have damaging effects, sabotaging gut flora by promoting unhealthy flora and leading to health problems. Worse, small amounts of the sweeteners can cause the problems.
Good news for those who prefer diet drinks. A risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority has found that the low-calorie artificial sweetener aspartame is safe for consumption by everyone, including children and pregnant women.
PepsiCo is "quietly" changing the formula in its Diet Pepsi product. The company has been slowly rolling out the new Diet Pepsi for weeks now and will continue to do so for the near future. The company plans to launch a new ad campaign next month.
Adding to the growing list of supposed dangers caused by artificial sweeteners is the possibility of weight gain. A new study on rats found that no-calorie saccharin could make weight loss harder to manage.