What Diet Soft Drinks Have Splenda?
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Splenda is the brand name for the no-calorie artificial sweetener sucralose. It is used in a variety of food and beverages. Sucralose is the only sugar alternative made from sugar, but it does not contribute to tooth decay despite being 600 times sweeter than table sugar. Many soft drink companies are switching their diet soda sweeteners to include Splenda, so read soft drink labels in case the ingredients have changed.
Pepsi One and Diet Mountain Dew
The PepsiCo brand offers two diet soft drinks that are sweetened with Splenda. Pepsi One, and Diet Mountain Dew contain both sucralose and another artificial sweetener called acesulfame potassium. Pepsi One is a caffeinated cola containing one calorie. Diet Mountain Dew contains two additional sweeteners aside from sucralose — aspartame and acesulfame potassium. All other diet PepsiCo branded soft drinks do not contain Splenda and are sweetened with aspartame.
The Cheerwine brand is a wild-cherry-flavored soda founded in 1917 in North Carolina. Cheerwine produces a diet version sweetened with Splenda. Diet Cheerwine was introduced in the 1960s, and each 12-ounce serving provides zero calories and zero grams of sugar. In addition to Splenda, Diet Cheerwine is also sweetened with acesulfame potassium.
The Waist Watcher brand of diet soft drinks was introduced in the year 2000 and offers 16 different flavors of calorie-free and caffeine-free sodas. Each flavor is sweetened with both Splenda and acesulfame potassium. Waist Watchers offers its diet soft drinks in a variety of sizes and containers, including a 2-liter bottle, 1-liter bottle, 12-ounce cans and 8-ounce cans.
Hansen’s Natural Soda
Hansen’s, a natural soda company founded in 1935, offers eight different naturally flavored diet sodas sweetened with Splenda. Each flavor is free of caffeine and preservatives and sweetened with both Splenda and acesulfame potassium. Hansen’s natural soda provides zero calories and zero grams of sugar in each 12-ounce serving.
Diet Rite Soda
Diet Rite produces a diet cola and several fruit-flavored diet sodas that all contain sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Choose from regular or cherry cola, red raspberry, tangerine or white grape flavors, all with zero calories and available in 12-ounce cans.