Sweeteners & You

Lowdown on Low-Calorie Sweeteners

A quick guide to the four main low-calorie sweeteners.


Aspartame is one of the most thoroughly studied food ingredients, with more than 200 scientific studies confirming its safety. Aspartame is the sweetener found in Equal®.


Sucralose is a non-caloric sweetener that is structurally similar to sugar but is 600 times sweeter. Sucralose is the sweetener found in SPLENDA®.


Saccharin has been used as a calorie-free sweetener for foods and beverages for more than a century. Saccharin is the sweetener found in Sweet'N Low®.

Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K)

Ace-K is currently used in thousands of foods, beverages and pharmaceutical products. Among these are tabletop sweeteners, desserts, puddings, baked goods, soft drinks, candies and canned foods. Ace-K is usually blended with other sweeteners to obtain a certain taste or sweetness balance.

Podcasts on Sweetness and Taste

Check out these podcasts from The Coca-Cola Company—they're full of interesting info about sweetness and taste.

Why We Love Sweet Tastes

Our preferences for sweets are rooted in science and history.

The Science of Taste

There's more behind your sense of taste than you may realize.

History of Sweeteners

Get a quick breakdown of the sweeteners used today.