Are artificial sweeteners safe?
Yes. The artificial sweeteners we use in the U.S., sometimes called sugar substitutes, are thoroughly tested and confirmed as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has also set an acceptable daily intake (ADI) level for each of these. This is how much you can safely have each day.
# of tabletop packets
(for a 132-pound adult per day)
Why does The Coca-Cola Company use sugar substitutes?
4 reasons we use sugar substitutes:
- While sugar in moderation is fine, too much sugar isn’t good for anyone.
- We want to give you great-tasting choices with fewer or no calories. Sugar substitutes help us do this.
- Sugar substitutes are often several hundred times sweeter than sugar, so only a little is needed for the same sweet taste.
- We support the current recommendation by several leading health authorities including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. They say that children and adults should limit added sugar to no more than 10% of their total energy/calorie consumption. Using sugar substitutes is one way we can help reduce sugar in our drinks.
Check out how we’re reducing sugar and calories in our Coca-Cola products. We’re doing more than just using sugar substitutes. We’re rethinking our recipes, making smaller sizes available in more places, and promoting our reduced- and no-sugar options more. It’s part of Our Way Forward.
How can I tell if there are sugar substitutes in my drink?
We list the ingredients we use next to the Nutrition Facts label on our bottles and cans, including sugar substitutes. This helps make it clear what’s in our beverages. You can also learn about each of our products here.
What if I don't want sugar substitutes but still want less sugar and fewer calories?
We have many options for every taste and need. This includes:
- 250 options with fewer calories, some of which may not have sugar substitutes at all. And some might even have zero calories!
- Smaller package sizes, like our 7.5-oz mini soda cans of Coca-Cola and more.
- Variety! Try our unsweetened organic tea, waters, or ready-to-drink coffee.
Visit Our Products page to learn more.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: High-intensity sweeteners
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Additional information about high-intensity sweeteners permitted for use in food in the United States
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans