- Coca-Cola has been cutting the sugar content of some of its most popular drinks
- Sprite, Fanta and Dr Pepper have all seen a reduction in their amount of sugar
- The company’s president and CEO says these cuts have not harmed sales
- The soda giant recently revealed it would cut 1,200 jobs this year due to drops in quarterly profit
- And a new study found soda taxes, such as in Berkeley, have harmed soft drink sales
The company has added sweeteners to try and maintain the same taste: Sprite has added stevia, a plant extract, while Fanta has gone with acesulfame, an artificial sweetener.
Acesulfame contains the carcinogen methylene chloride. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride can cause headaches, depression, nausea, mental confusion, liver effects, kidney effects, visual disturbances, and cancer in humans. (May 31, 2013)