What is sugar?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sugars are the smallest and simplest types of carbohydrate. They have 4 calories per gram. This is 16 calories per teaspoon. They can be found naturally in dairy, whole fruits or 100% fruit juice that is unsweetened. They can also be added to foods and drinks for taste or texture.

Examples of foods and drinks with naturally occurring sugars: dairy products (e.g., milk or cheese), fruit, vegetables, 100% fruit and vegetable juice

Examples of foods and drinks with added sugars: soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks (e.g., fruit punch), candy, cakes, cookies, ice cream


What are added sugars?

There are different types of added sugar. Most have 4 calories per gram.

Common types of added sugar 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.


How do I know 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.


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.

We also 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 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.


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