How are added sugar vs natural sugar different?

Both added sugars and naturally occurring sugars give foods and drinks a sweet taste. The main difference is naturally occurring sugars are found in dairy, whole fruits or 100% fruit juice that is unsweetened (meaning no sugar is added during the manufacturing process). Added sugars are added to foods and drinks for taste or texture. Most have 4 calories per gram.


What are some examples of added sugars?

Common types of added sugars include: brown sugar, cane juice, confectioner’s powdered sugar, dextrose, fructose, fruit nectar, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maltose, maple syrup, sucrose and sugar cane.

Look for these on the ingredients list next to the Nutrition Facts label on our cans and bottles.


What kinds of sugars are in your drinks?

The sugars you’ll find in our drinks are either added or naturally occurring. For instance, all sugar in our soft drinks come from added sugar, but the sugar in our juices are typically natural – check out Minute Maid, Simply, fairlife and ZICO.


How can I tell how much sugar is in my drink?

We know it’s important for you to have clear nutrition facts about your favorite beverages. That’s why we make it simple and easy to find. Look at the Nutrition Facts label on our bottles and cans to find out how much sugar there is. Our SmartLabel™ QR codes on our packaging also include nutrition facts about our Coca-Cola products. So does Our Products page.

Click here for tips on how to read nutrition labels.


How much sugar per day can I have?

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.

If you’re concerned 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.

Check out how we’re reducing sugar and calories in our Coca-Cola products.

If you have questions about your diet, please speak with your doctor.


Do you have any sugar-free drinks or sugar-free soda?

Yes, we do. To help you reduce sugar in your diet, we want to give you choices, so you can decide what’s right for your lifestyle and diet. Of our more than 800 beverages in the U.S., 250 are reduced- and no-sugar options.  

Check these out:

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Did you know? We are committed to 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

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