Health & Nutrition

Frequently Asked Questions

A 330ml can of Coca-Cola Light has less than 1 calorie and no sugar. This is because we use a blend of low calorie sweeteners that provide a great taste without the calories.

People with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare genetic disorder, are unable to metabolise phenylalanine, and therefore need to control their intake of all food and drink which contains this amino acid. Some Coca-Cola drinks are sweetened with aspartame , which contains a source of phenylalanine, and so we label all our products carefully to make this clear.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of factors that occur together, increasing a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Experts in the field of metabolic syndrome have stated that it isn't logical to make the link between low and no calorie sparkling drinks and metabolic syndrome, as diet drinks such as Coca-Cola Light and Coca-Cola Zero do not contain calories.

Diabetes is a disorder that is caused by the body’s inability to make or use insulin effectively. If you have diabetes, an important part of managing your condition will be maintaining your blood sugar level within specific, narrow limits. Always consult your GP or other health care provider for advice about what can be included in your diet.

Drinks that contain low- or no-calorie sweeteners, such as Coca-Cola Light and Coca-Cola Zero, are an ideal option for people who are looking to reduce their calorie intake. They also help to offer people with diabetes a wider choice of food and drink.

Many of our drinks contain low- or no-calorie sweeteners, so we can deliver the great taste of our drinks with few or no calories. By offering drinks with low- or no-calorie sweeteners, as well as classic versions in a variety of portion sizes, we provide you with options so you can make the choice that's right for you and your lifestyle.

Here's our full list of low- and no-calorie drinks:

  • Coca-Cola Zero
  • Coca-Cola Light
  • Sprite Light

No. The caffeine in Coca-Cola products is not addictive – and this includes Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Light and Coca-Cola Zero. The Coca-Cola Company has used caffeine as a safe ingredient for over 125 years and it is one of the most studied food and drink ingredients in the world.

For those people who prefer soft drinks made without caffeine, we provide a range of options including Sprite and Sprite Light.

Addiction is a term that is often used loosely in the press, online and in everyday conversation to describe some people’s desire to consume a food or drink frequently, especially one that tastes good.

Scientific studies show that people are able to reduce or stop drinking drinks with caffeine without experiencing the serious psychological and physical problems that are associated with true addiction – referred to by experts as "substance dependence".

There are 32mg of caffeine in a 330ml can of Coca-Cola, compared to an average 140mg in a mug of filter coffee.

As with any ingredient, some people may be more sensitive than others to caffeine. Pregnant or breastfeeding women, women trying to become pregnant, and people with medical conditions sensitive to caffeine should always consult their healthcare provider regarding caffeine consumption.

Caffeine is known to be safe when consumed in moderation. Every day, millions of people enjoy food and beverages with caffeine, including coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Because caffeine has been consumed for centuries, we know a lot about it – it’s widely studied and is known to be safe at the levels in our beverages.

People are often surprised when they learn that a can of Coca-Cola contains much less caffeine than the same amount of coffee.

But we know that not everyone drinks caffeine and not everyone wants to drink it all the time, so we also offer a range of caffeine-free beverages, including [SPRITE ] so people can make the choice for themselves and their families.

The ingredients and manufacturing process used in the production of Coca-Cola are rigorously regulated by government and health authorities in more than 200 countries which have consistently recognised the drink as a non-alcoholic product. This includes countries where Islam is the major religion.

The stevia plant is native to Paraguay, but most modern day cultivation of stevia happens in China and South America. Commercial stevia is not grown in the rainforest, and in fact the majority of the world’s stevia harvest comes from plains areas.

Consuming a diet consisting of too many calories without burning them off can lead to being overweight or obese, which is a risk factor for diabetes. That includes calories from sugar and other caloric ingredients / foods. And when it comes to weight, all calories count, including those in our drinks.

For those who prefer to consume fewer calories from drinks, we offer a wide variety, including regular, low- and no-calorie options and a range of portion sizes so people can decide which of our drinks best suit their needs and lifestyle.

Contact your GP or other health care provider with questions or concerns about diabetes and your food and drink intake.

A 330ml can of Coca-Cola Light has less than 1 calorie and no sugar. This is because we use a blend of low calorie sweeteners that provide a great taste without the calories.

No. We don’t test on animals.

All of our beverages hydrate. No exceptions. And that’s because each one of our sparkling beverages – whether with or without calories or caffeine – are between 85% and 99% water. Just look at the packaging – water is almost always the first ingredient listed.

We offer a range of drinks with and without calories that contribute to your daily liquid requirement, including Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Light and Coca-Cola Zero. When you choose a drink containing calories, don’t forget that all calories count towards your daily reference intakes – no matter what food or drink they come from.

Caffeine is known to be safe when consumed in moderation. Every day, millions of people enjoy food and beverages with caffeine, including coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

Because caffeine has been consumed for centuries, we know a lot about it – it’s widely studied and is known to be safe at the levels in our beverages.

People are often surprised when they learn that a can of Coca-Cola contains much less caffeine than the same amount of coffee. The caffeine in a 250 ml serving of Coca-Cola is typically about 1/3 or less of the caffeine found in the same amount of coffee.

But we know that not everyone drinks caffeine and not everyone wants to drink it all the time, so we also offer a range of caffeine-free beverages, including SPRITE and Fanta Orange so people can make the choice for themselves and their families.

Coca-Cola Zero delivers the great taste of Coca-Cola, with zero sugar. While it has the same sweeteners as Coca-Cola Light (a blend of aspartame and acesulfame-K), it has a different flavour base, though both contain zero sugar and are calorie free.

Share a Coke was our summer campaign in 2015, where we swapped our iconic logo with your name. The bottles with names are available in stores.

The ingredients and manufacturing processes used to make Coca-Cola are the same, whether it's a 330ml can or 500ml bottle. A person's perception of taste can be influenced by many different things such as the temperature of the drink, whether it's consumed straight from the pack or drunk from a glass - but it's always the same Coca-Cola no matter what the container!

People choose to eat and drink different food and beverages for lots of different reasons. Coca-Cola contains sugar, which contains calories. But people do not drink Coca-Cola for nutrients; they drink it for its great taste.

Like all food and beverages, soft drinks with sugar can be consumed as part of a balanced lifestyle provided that they are consumed in moderation. What’s important is to balance the calories taken in with the calories burned through being physically active and to make choices that suit individual lifestyles.

It's important to us to make sure that we provide people with a choice, which is why we offer a variety of great-tasting beverages with reduced, low or no sugar and calories [Coca-Cola Zero, Coca-Cola Light , Sprite light ]. We know some people want to manage their portions so we offer many of our beverages in a range of sizes. We also provide information on how much sugar and how many calories are in our beverages so people can choose what makes sense for them and their families.

Yes. We believe it’s important that people are able to make an informed choice about what they eat or drink which is why we provide information about what’s in our beverages on every can or bottle.

The key to a healthy diet is to consume a variety of food and beverages in moderation. That can include food and beverages containing sugar, which has calories, and can be part of a balanced lifestyle so long as people don’t have too much.

It's important to us to provide people with choice, which is why we offer a variety of great-tasting beverages with reduced, low or no sugar and calories [Coca-Cola Zero, Coca-Cola Light , Sprite light]. We know some people want to manage their portions, so we also offer many of our beverages in a range of sizes.

Coca-Cola is sold in more than 200 countries throughout the world, so it's difficult to think of a country where it's not available. Even in countries where we do not manufacture Coca-Cola, it is nearly always available, as many entrepreneurs will import it from neighbouring countries.

Since 1900 we have worked with local partners who bottle and sell Coca-Cola products. By working with these partners, Coca-Cola has been able to grow into a drink that's bottled locally but enjoyed around the world.

There are 1.9 billion servings of Coca-Cola Company products sold every day.

Our secret formula is kept at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, where it can be viewed by the public in a permanent exhibit titled The Vault of the Secret Formula. We moved the secret formula here from a vault at SunTrust Bank in downtown Atlanta where it has been housed since 1925.

The Coca-Cola Company is a public company that trades its shares on the New York stock exchange - so we are 'owned' by our thousands of shareholders and investors around the world.

The white swirl - known as the Dynamic Ribbon - was part of a graphic re-design that we brought in at the end of 1969. The design for Coca-Cola in the 1970s was based on a bold, dramatic curve, reflecting the unique contour of the bottle.

Over the years many have tried to crack the secret formula of Coca-Cola, but none have succeeded! But you can find all the ingredients for our products on the labels and our website.

This rumour has taken on many forms, claiming that Coca-Cola, due to its nature, can be used to clean toilets and corrosion from car batteries, loosen a rusted bolt and remove rust spots from car bumpers, remove grease from clothing, clean road haze from windshields, cook a steak, dissolve teeth and bake a moist ham. The last one, baking a KOFTA and Kabab basted with Coca-Cola produces, is actually true and does produce a delicious gravy!

There is a small amount of edible acid present in many foods, including fruit juices and soft drinks, such as Coca-Cola. These foods are not acidic enough to harm your body tissues – in fact, your own natural stomach acid is stronger. It is possible that the edible acid in any of these products could have the effects described, even though it's still quite safe to drink these products. However, we don't make any claims relating to other uses. Instead, we recommend using products specifically designed for cleaning or rust removal.

Coca-Cola didn't start as a medicine but a doctor and pharmacist, Dr John S Pemberton, invented it in May 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Coca-Cola Company is not political and we don't support individual countries, governments or political/religious causes. We take our responsibilities as a big company seriously and make frequent donations to charity. In the very rare cases when it turns out that the charity has political or religious goals we weren't aware of, we have removed our funding and ended our relationship with the charity in question.

This is a hoax and we are aware of a number of emails and text messages in circulation claiming to be part of or affiliated with a Coca-Cola sponsored promotion or marketing programme. The Coca-Cola Company is in no way associated with these emails or texts.

Unfortunately, some people try to exploit the trust consumers have in the Coca-Cola brand by using it in email or SMS scams designed to extract information for their own financial gain. When we become aware of such schemes, we do what we can to get email addresses closed down, but new ones are quickly created. You can get advice on how to report spam text messages from the ICO's website.

In addition, we have found some common traits that can hopefully help people to identify a hoax letter or email:

  • They are written to look official and appear to come from a financial institution.
  • They often contain a claim number and may even include a false cheque that appears to be from Coke or another Coca-Cola bottler.
  • Other common signs include: spelling and grammatical errors in the email, improper use of company trademarks, sender's use of free, non-corporate email accounts, and requests for personal information and the promise of quick financial gain.

We encourage you to be vigilant when you receive such approaches and ignore them. If you have any doubts, please get in touch.

This is definitely just a rumour. Coca-Cola has always been brown in colour, since its invention in 1886.

No. It's widely believed that today's Santa wears a red suit because that’s the colour associated with Coca-Cola, but this isn’t the case. Before the Coca-Cola Santa was even created, St Nick had appeared in numerous illustrations and written descriptions wearing a scarlet coat.

However, it is true that Coca-Cola advertising played a big role in shaping the jolly, rotund character we know and love today.

In 1931, Coca-Cola commissioned Swedish-American artist Haddon Sundblom to paint Santa Claus for the company's Christmas adverts. Prior to this, Santa had been portrayed in a variety of ways throughout history: tall and gaunt; short and elfin; distinguished and intellectual; even downright frightening.

Sundblom’s paintings for Coca-Cola established Santa as a warm, happy character with human features such as rosy cheeks, a white beard, twinkling eyes and laughter lines. This grandfather-style Coca-Cola Santa captivated the public and, as our adverts spread globally, the perception of the North Pole’s most-famous resident changed forever.

This is a popular urban legend, and totally untrue. Coca-Cola will not dissolve teeth or meat overnight. There is a small amount of edible acid present in many foods, including fruit juices and soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, but these foods are not acidic enough to harm your body tissues - in fact, your own natural stomach acid is more acidic.

Any food or drink that contains sugars and starches, including calorific sparkling drinks, can play a role in the development of tooth decay. Also, any food or drink that is acidic has the potential to play a role in enamel erosion. Through good dental hygiene and other health practices, you can help reduce the risk of tooth decay and erosion. The best way to protect teeth is to brush them twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

No, Coca-Cola does not contain Cocaine. All of our products are safe for use and comply with all the regulations in the countries which they are produced. All the ingredients of our beverages are listed in detail on the labels and in the attached (- infographics -)

No, coca leaves are not an ingredient in Coca-Cola

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