What are preservatives?

Preservatives help keep food and beverages tasting great and fresh longer.

They can:

  • Protect flavor
  • Prevent color from changing (or browning)
  • Stop bacteria, mold or yeast from growing
  • Reduce food waste

Different preservatives have different purposes. And while their names can be hard to read, they are safe. Globally recognized authorities, including the U.S. FDA, say so!

Some preservatives in food and drinks include: types of salt like sodium benzoate, calcium propionate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, calcium sorbate, potassium sorbate. Others include BHA, BHT and EDTA.

You might see them used in: fruit sauces and jellies, beverages like carbonated soft drinks, baked goods, cured meats, oils and margarines, cereals, dressings, snack foods, fruits and vegetables.


Do you use preservatives?

Yes. At The Coca-Cola Company, we use preservatives in some of our beverages to keep their great taste and prevent color from changing. While it is not a full list, common ones we use are:

You can tell if we use them by looking on the ingredients list next to the Nutrition Facts label on our cans and bottles.

If we use a preservative, we’ll say why, like “to protect taste” or “to protect color”. This way you have all the information at your fingertips.

Are preservatives bad for you?

No. The safety of our ingredients and beverages is really important to us.

We use preservatives that are recognized as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 


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