Why do you use high fructose corn syrup vs sugar?

Depending on where you are in the world, we’ll either use sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to sweeten our drinks. We generally use HFCS in places where corn is more widely available. In places where sugarcane or sugar beet is more available, we’ll use those instead.


How are high fructose corn syrup and sugar different (or the same)?

Learn more about these two sweeteners. 

High Fructose Corn Syrup vs Sugar


High Fructose Corn Syrup


Where does it come from?


Sugarcane or sugar beet

How many calories does it have?

1 teaspoon = 16 calories

1 teaspoon = 16 calories

What drinks use it?


odwalla Protein Shakes, Honest Tea


Does HFCS taste different than sugar?

Every person’s sense of taste is different. Some may say HFCS tastes different than sugar.

Taste can be influenced by how thirsty you are, what else you’re having at the moment, and the temperature of what you’re eating or drinking.

Like sugar, HFCS has been used in Coca-Cola products for decades. No matter where you are in the world, we’re committed to bringing you great-tasting drinks!


What if I want drinks without high fructose corn syrup?

We offer many options for every taste and need, including drinks that are HFCS-free. We have organic tea, coconut water, ready-to-drink coffee, purified water, juice and others.

We list the ingredients we use next to the Nutrition Facts label on our cans and bottles, including HFCS. This helps make it clear what’s in our beverages. You can also learn about each of our products here, so you can choose what’s right for you and your family.


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