Do artificial sweeteners cause weight gain or make you hungrier?

When you look at the mix of science and research on this topic, artificial sweeteners (sometimes called sugar substitutes) do not make you hungrier or cause weight gain.

In fact, sugar substitutes provide a sweet taste but have few or no calories. They can help you manage your calorie intake.

There’s lots of research around this question. To find out more, go here.


Do artificial sweeteners make you fat?

No. The key to managing weight is a balanced lifestyle. This includes eating a variety of food and beverages in moderation.

For information on weight management, visit And if you have more questions, please speak to a doctor.


Why does The Coca-Cola Company use artificial sweeteners?

We use sugar substitutes because while sugar in moderation is fine, too much sugar isn’t good for anyone. That’s why we offer reduced- or no-sugar versions of many of the drinks you love. We want to give you great-tasting choices with fewer or no calories. We also use sugar substitutes because they are confirmed safe by the FDA and thoroughly tested in scientific studies.

See how we’re reducing sugar in our products.


How many calories do artificial sweeteners vs sugar have?

The number of calories varies by sugar substitute. But, one thing is certain. They are often several hundred times sweeter than table sugar. So compared to sugar, only a little is needed for the same sweet taste. Check them out.



Acesulfame Potassium


Stevia Leaf Extract


Brand Names

Sweet One®








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16 calories per teaspoon*

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200x sweeter than sugar

200x sweeter than sugar

200x to 400x sweeter than sugar

600x sweeter than sugar


*While sugar also has 16 calories per teaspoon, you don't need as much aspartame to get the same sweet taste you love.


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