Coke announces 'low sugar drink' to combat obesity

Coca-Cola will launch a naturally-sweetened drink with reduced refined sugar and calories as it tries to join Government and industry-wide efforts to tackle obesity.

Coca-Cola's sugar laden soft drinks have been blamed for the rise in obesity. Credit: PA

Coca-Cola Life is sweetened with a blend of sugar and stevia leaf extract, and a 330ml can will contain 89 calories.

The beverage will go on sale in Britain in September after successful pilots in South America, making it the first new Coca-Cola since Zero was launched in 2006.

Stevia leaf extract is naturally sourced from the stevia plant, which is native to South America. Currently, Coca-Cola Great Britain uses stevia leaf extract as a sweetener in its Sprite and Glaceau vitaminwater brands.