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Diet drinks

Diet drinks are sugar-free soft drinks with a reduced calorie count. They are generally made with sugar substitutes to provide sweetness without the associated energy. Although the prefix diet suggests that they are designed for people who wish to lose weight or are particularly sensitive to sugar (such as diabetics) they are in fact very popular in their own right as refreshments. In many countries the ‘diet’ prefix is not used; instead they are known as ‘light’ or ‘lite’ drinks.

The first low-calorie drink was marketed in the United States in the early 1950s by the Kirsch Bottling in Brooklyn, New York, who launched a sugar-free Ginger Ale in 1952 called No-Cal. Nowadays, the majority of carbonated soft drinks are available in ‘light’ version

More than 30% of soft drinks sold in Europe are no- or low- sugar.