Is sugar bad for you?

Eating or drinking too many calories, no matter the source, can contribute to weight gain or obesity. Like all food and beverages, drinks sweetened with sugar can be consumed as part of a balanced lifestyle. However, it’s important not to consume them in excess.

If you’re concerned about sugar in your diet, please talk to your doctor.


Is sugar addictive?

No. Many people enjoy sweet tastes from time to time. Regularly consuming food and beverages in moderation that taste good or that you enjoy – including those with sugar – is normal.


Is it possible to have sugar withdrawal?

Many people enjoy sweet tastes from time to time. Food and beverages can trigger what scientists call “reward centers” in the brain, but so can other things like music or laughter. Regularly consuming food and beverages in moderation that taste good and that you enjoy is normal. If you have questions or concerns about sugar, speak with your doctor.


How much is too much 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. Learn what this means.


What if I don’t want sugar?

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 offering reduced- and no-sugar alternatives and smaller package sizes, like our 7.5-oz mini soda can, without giving up the great tastes you know and love. We also have sugar and calorie information on our bottles and cans, on our SmartLabel™, on Our Products page and more, so you can decide what’s right for you.


If you want reduced- or no-sugar options

We’re making more reduced- and no-sugar versions of many of the drinks you love available and making them easier to find. In the U.S., 250 of the 800+ beverages we offer have reduced or no sugar. And, 19 of our 21 top global brands have a reduced- or no-sugar option.

We’re also 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.

Learn more.


If you want smaller portion sizes

To provide smaller options, we have smaller bottles and mini-cans. These sizes make it easier to control sugar intake, so you can still have some of your favorite drinks when you want a little less. Check out the 7.5-oz Coca-Cola mini soda can or learn more in this video.


If you want different options

We have other options to fit any taste. Try these soda alternatives:

Check out our other Coca-Cola products.


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