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.
In fact, 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 safe for diabetics?
Yes. 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.
4 things to know about Stevia leaf extract
- Stevia leaf extract is a plant-based sugar substitute.
- It has zero calories.
- Its sweet taste comes from the leaves of the stevia plant.
- It can be used with sugar or other sugar substitutes to give you foods and drinks with a great taste but fewer calories.
To learn more about Stevia leaf extract, click here.
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. Three other products we have are vitaminwater zero, Fuze Meyer Lemon Black Tea and Blue Sky Zero Sugar Cola. Both have zero calories thanks to Stevia leaf extract.
Click on each product name for more nutrition facts.
Why do you use Stevia leaf extract?
While sugar in moderation is fine, too much sugar isn’t good for anyone. That’s why we make 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. Stevia leaf extract helps us do that.
How is Stevia leaf extract made?
There are 4 steps to making stevia leaf extract. Let’s take a look.
- Step 1: Farm – Grow the stevia plant.
- Step 2: Harvest and dry – Once the leaves reach their peak sweetness, harvest and dry them.
- Step 3: Extract the sweetener – Just like making tea, soak the dried stevia leaves in water.
- Step 4: Filter the extract – Strain the liquid, then follow with drying.
- American Heart Association/American Diabetes Association Scientific Statement: Non-nutritive sweeteners: A potentially useful option – with caveats
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Steviol glycosides
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Additional information about high-intensity sweeteners permitted for use in food in the United States
- FoodInsight.org: What is Stevia Leaf Extract
- European Food Safety Authority: Sweeteners