What is the difference between the artificial sweeteners vs sugar you use?

Artificial sweeteners (sometimes called sugar substitutes) can replace sugar in foods and drinks to give you a sweet taste but with few or no calories. They are often several hundred times sweeter than sugar. So compared to sugar, only a little is needed for the same sweet taste.

See just how sweet these sugar substitutes are:


Acesulfame Potassium


Stevia Leaf Extract


Brand Names

Sweet One®








0 calories

16 calories per teaspoon*

0 calories

0 calories


200x sweeter than sugar

200x sweeter than sugar

200x to 400x sweeter than sugar

600x sweeter than sugar

We use sugar substitutes because while sugar in moderation is fine, too much sugar isn’t good for anyone. We know people have concerns about eating or drinking too much sugar. That is why we’re taking action should you want less of it. This includes reducing sugar in more than 500 drinks around the world.

Check out how we’re reducing sugar and calories in our Coca-Cola products. It’s part of Our Way Forward.

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


What types of sugar substitutes does The Coca-Cola Company use?

Here is a list of sugar substitutes we use:

They are thoroughly tested and confirmed as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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)


Potassium (Ace-K)




Stevia Leaf Extract






What is the recommended daily intake for sugar?

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.

To calculate your sugar intake, read this


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