Does stevia raise blood sugar?

No. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), sugar substitutes like Stevia leaf extract when “used alone or in foods and beverages remain an option and when used appropriately can aid in glucose control” for people with diabetes.

The ADA also says sugar substitutes “may help people reach and maintain a healthy body weight – as long as the substitution doesn’t lead to eating additional calories later as ‘compensation.’”

However, foods or drinks sweetened with Stevia leaf extract may still have carbohydrates or calories from other ingredients, which may raise your blood sugar. Check next to the Nutrition Facts label on our bottles and cans for the ingredients list.

If you have diabetes and want to know how Stevia leaf extract can fit into your diet, please speak with your doctor.


What is Stevia leaf extract?

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

We use Stevia leaf extract in Coca-Cola Life, vitaminwater zero and some of your other favorites.

Read more here.


Is stevia safe?

Stevia leaf extract is an ingredient we use in some of our beverages, so we’re interested in its safety. Globally recognized authorities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), say Stevia leaf extract is safe.

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.


What is the difference between stevia and sugar?

While Stevia leaf extract and sugar both come from natural sources, see how they are different.  



Stevia Leaf Extract


Where does it come from?

stevia plant

sugarcane or sugar beet

How many calories does it have?

0 calories

1 teaspoon = 16 calories

What drinks use it?

Coca-Cola Life

vitaminwater zero



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