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Coke Life With Stevia Has as Much Sugar as 3 Donuts

If you think you're doing yourself a favor by opting for Coca-Cola's sugar- and stevia-sweetened beverage, Coke Life, over the traditional red can, you might want to take a closer look at the nutrition label.

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When you do, you'll realize that its natural packaging is just there to distract you from the cold, hard facts: A 12-ounce can of the stuff contains 24 grams of sugar, which is especially troubling given the recent World Health Organization recommendation to reduce our daily sugar intake to about 25 grams a day to most effectively ward off obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Sure, opting for the green can over the red will save you 50 calories and 15 grams of sugar–which is helpful if you're trying to lose weight–but marking the beverage as a healthy alternative to full-calorie cola is a stretch. In fact, the green can packs in as much sugar as you'll get from downing three Apple n Spice Donuts from Dunkin', in addition to being void of any health-promoting nutrients or vitamins and laced with artificial dyes that are possible human carcinogens like its high-cal counterparts.

Our official stance: Leave Coca-Cola Life and all other sodas on the supermarket shelf. If you're sick of plain ol' H20, opt for unsweetened tea or coffee instead.

Dana Leigh Smith
Dana has written for Women's Health, Prevention, Reader's Digest, and countless other publications. Read more about Dana Leigh