What Zero Calories Really Mean

Zero-calorie -- this is a label that you see anywhere. You can find it in the product labels of grocery items, energy drinks, and even menu items in cafes and restaurants. It is also commonly used in carbonated drinks, such as sodas. But we have to ask: Does zero-calorie automatically mean good for your health?

Let’s set the bar by scaling through what zero-calorie labels mean. Advertisers and product promotions are all out when taking pride in this label, simply because the concept of ‘zero’ calories is generally good. To lose weight, you need to burn calories. Every movement you do burns calories, but you’ll need to burn more calories than what you ingest. There lies the challenge. So a soda that presents itself that’s zero-calorie has quite the appeal.

According to the American Diabetes Association, sugar-free or zero-calorie means “that the product has fewer than five calories per serving or another designated amount.” 

Not All Calories are Created Equal

Zero-Calorie Soda Labels

The U.S. government has stated that an average male requires around 2,700 kcal per day while an average female requires 2,200 kcal a day. 

This means that calories are vital for health and survival. But not all calories are built the same. One gram of carbohydrates equals 4 calories. One gram of protein equals 4 calories. One gram of fat equals 9 calories. This is why many people prefer low-fat or fat-free versions of meals. 

Then, there’s what we call empty calories. These are food and beverages that provide calories without nutritional value. Basically, they can contribute to weight gain without giving your body anything else of value. The best examples of empty calories are refined sugars, carbonated drinks, and alcoholic beverages.

Zero-Calorie Labels are Not All Good

Zero-Calorie Drinks

You need to be vigilant when choosing zero-calorie food and drinks. For instance, zero-calorie sodas might not contribute to weight gain, but they are still unhealthy. These companies only replace refined sugars with other forms of sweeteners - and you can bet that they aren’t the healthy kind. One common substitute that soda companies use is aspartame, which is a synthetic chemical sugar substitute. It is in fact zero-calorie, but many have linked it to cancer and other health problems.

The Best Zero-Calorie Products

Zero-calorie products such as our NatriSweet Stevia and Monk Fruit Extract not only help with weight loss. They are also concocted with nothing but natural ingredients. They are literally a plant-to-extract product. They have so many benefits for both the mind and the body. These advantages include:

  • Promoting weight loss
  • Preventing diabetes
  • Reducing dental caries
  • Providing sweetness without health risks


Try NatriSweet

NatriSweet Monk Fruit Extract

A drop or two of our Original Flavored Stevia Liquid Drops can go a long way in perking up your foods and beverages. Our liquid drops are the best-tasting zero-calorie, zero-carb, non-glycemic natural sweetener available in the U.S. market today. Use it to add a refreshing sweetness to your coffee, tea, baked goods, cereal, and so much more.

150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar, our powdered Monk Fruit Extract sweetener contains no artificial sweeteners, just pure natural monk fruit goodness. No maltodextrin, erythritol, added flavors, binders, fillers, or artificial ingredients of any kind.

Four times sweeter than other monk fruit blends, NatriSweet Monk Fruit & Stevia is masterfully blended to bring the delicious taste and nutritional goodness of Stevia, Monk Fruit, and Erythritol. We’ve created the perfect ratio of Stevia to Monk Fruit to deliver you the delicious taste of sugar, without the carbs, calories, or insulin spikes.