As consumers across the country are embracing healthier foods, PepsiCo announced that it’s removing aspartame, the controversial artificial sweetener in its popular Diet Pepsi soft drink. The company says it is switching to a sucralose-based sweetener, better known as Splenda, an artificial sweetener the company believes is less controversial than aspartame and could help declining sales rebound.
DO NOT eat hummus or walnuts before reading about these ongoing food recalls — also avoid the ground beef. I know, I know, I always say that — but this time (in addition to many other good reasons!) it’s an e. coli contamination thing. The week’s food safety issues aren’t just bothering 2-legged diners: if you have canine friends, beware the toxic jerky! So, yes, the week’s news does feature some ickiness. But don’t be scared — there’s also some nifty GMO news, plus research on Paleo diets, cheap food, and obesity. Holy guacamole, but there’s much to report this week!
SweetMyx is the latest artificial sweetener to receive Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status, but how safe is it?