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What is Stevia leaf extract?

Stevia leaf extract is a zero-calorie sugar substitute. 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.

 

Does The Coca-Cola Company use Stevia leaf extract?

Do you have stevia soda or stevia drinks?

Yes. Stevia leaf extract is one of the sugar substitutes we use in some of our drinks to help us keep the great tastes people love, but with fewer or no calories. For soft drinks with stevia leaf extract, try Coca-Cola Life, Fuze Meyer Lemon Black Tea or Blue Sky Zero Sugar Cola.

We also use Stavia leaf extract in vitaminwater zero.

Coke Life vs Coke: How do they compare?

Coca-Cola Life 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. Take a look:

Product (12-oz can)

Sugar

Calories

Coca-Cola

39g

140

Coca-Cola Life

24g

90

Diet Coke

0g

0

Coke Zero Sugar

0g

0

 

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- and 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.

See how we’re reducing sugar in our products.

 

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.

 

What is stevia?

Stevia is a plant native to South America. The stevia plant is also grown in Africa, China and the U.S. It is from the stevia plant where we extract the sweetener we use – Stevia leaf extract.

 

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.

 

What is the difference between stevia vs sugar?

While Stevia leaf extract and sugar both come from natural sources, they have several differences.

 

Stevia Leaf Extract

Sugar

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 Lifevitaminwater zero

vitaminwater

 

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