Does stevia cause cancer? Is stevia safe?

Stevia leaf extract does not cause cancer. Authoritative bodies, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), have reviewed the scientific data, including cancer studies, on Stevia leaf extract. They agree it is safe for use in our beverages.

The safety of our ingredients and beverages is really important to us. This includes the sugar substitutes we use in our products.

Did you know? The FDA has set an acceptable daily intake (ADI) level for Stevia leaf extract. This is how much you can safely have each day. The ADI for Stevia leaf extract is like a 132-pound adult having 9 tabletop packets every day.


Is stevia an artificial sweetener?

Stevia leaf extract is a sugar substitute that comes from the leaf of the stevia plant. It has zero calories. You can use it with sugar or other sugar substitutes to give you reduced- or no-sugar alternatives.

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Does the Coca-Cola Company use Stevia leaf extract?

Yes, we do. We use Stevia leaf extract in some of our drinks to help us keep the great tastes people love, but with fewer or no calories.

Coca-Cola Life, for instance, is sweetened with a blend of cane sugar and Stevia leaf extract. It has less sugar and 35% fewer calories than Coca-Cola, but with a Coca-Cola taste people love.


Why do you use stevia?

While sugar in moderation is fine, too much sugar isn’t good for anyone. It’s why we make reduced- and no-sugar versions for many of the drinks you love. We want to give you great-tasting choices with fewer or no calories. Stevia leaf extract lets us do that.

See how else we’re reducing sugar in our products.


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