Does sugar make you fat?

Sugar contains calories. And while it’s fine in moderation, too much sugar isn’t good for anyone. Eating and drinking too many calories from any source can contribute to weight gain and obesity.

Because we know people have concerns about eating or drinking too much sugar, we’re taking action should you want less of it. This includes reducing sugar in more than 500 of our drinks around the world.

But please speak with your doctor if you need more information on how best to manage your weight.


How is The Coca-Cola Company reducing sugar?

We are reducing sugar and calories in our Coca-Cola products by:

  1. Rethinking our recipes - We are reducing sugar in more than 500 of our drinks around the world.
  2. Making more reduced- and no-sugar versions of many of the drinks you love available and making them easier to find
    • 19 of our 21 top global brands have a reduced- or no-sugar option
    • Since 2014, we’ve launched nearly 500 new reduced- or no-sugar drinks globally
    • In the U.S., 250 of the 800+ beverages we offer are reduced- and no-sugar
  3. Promoting our reduced- and no-sugar options more - We want to give you choices. So we’re advertising our no-sugar versions of Coca-Cola right next to the original Coca-Cola taste. Choose what suits you and your lifestyle and diet. We call this our “One Brand” global marketing strategy.
  4. Exploring new sugar substitutes - We are using new sugar substitutes to make new drinks with fewer calories. Coca-Cola Life is one example. It is sweetened with a blend of cane sugar and Stevia leaf extract. It has 35% fewer calories and less sugar than Coca-Cola, but with a great taste people love.
  5. Providing smaller, more convenient packaging - We have 7.5 oz mini soda cans and other smaller sizes to make it easier for you to reduce sugar. In fact, about 40% of our soft drink brands come in these smaller sizes in the U.S.
  6. Supporting limits to added sugar intake - Several leading health authorities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, say that children and adults should limit added sugar to no more than 10% of their total energy/calorie consumption.

We call this Our Way Forward.


What if I don’t want sugar?

We offer many options for every taste and need. We have organic tea, coconut water, ready-to-drink coffee, purified water, juice and more.

We list the ingredients we use next to the Nutrition Facts label on our cans and bottles, including sugar. This helps make it clear what’s in our beverages. You can also learn about each of our products here, so you can choose what’s right for you and your family.


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