Aspartame is without a doubt the most common artificial sweetener on the market today, and as such, finding a tasty diet soda without aspartame can be a real struggle. So we decided to do the work so that you don’t have to.
Here’s a list of the best and most popular diet drinks without aspartame on the market in 2021:
#1 – BAI BUBBLES SODA
Bai is a company that focuses on creating great tasting beverages with minimal additives. Founded in 2009 by Ben Weiss, their product line contains a wide selection of different flavoured low calorie diet drinks. All drinks are aspartame free and instead contain a sugar alcohol called Erythritol, as well as Stevia to provide the sweetness. While not completely free of calories, the drinks do boast a rather negligible 5 kcal per serving.
In addition, Bai uses ingredients such as coffeefruit which helps ensure that many remote and relatively poor regions are given greater economic opportunities, creating a better future for the hardworking farmers. Using coffeefruit in their drinks also helps to reduce botanical waste and helps to strengthen the land. Our top choice for an aspartame free soda!
Lose yourself in the crazy flavours such as:
- Bogotá Blackberry Lime
- Bolivia Black Cherry
- Gimbi Pink Grapefruit
- Jamaica Blood Orange
- Lambari Watermelon Lime
- Peru Pineapple
- Waikiki Coconut Lime
And grab yourself one of the top rated choices from Amazon:
Of course Bai has even more to offer, but you’re interested in diet soda alternatives, so that’s where we’ll stop. You can check out their other products at their website DrinkBai.
#2 – VIRGIL’S ZERO SODAS
Virgil’s is America’s top selling natural craft soda brand. Their uniqueness is immediately apparent with retro style glass bottles instead of cans and plastic bottles most of their competitors use. Though their diet line does feature cans as well.
Virgil’s Zero Sodas is a specific product line where drinks contain no artificial sweeteners, no GMO, no HFCS, no carbs, no calories, and no caffeine. Sweetness is achieved by using a blend of natural sweeteners Stevia, Erythritol, and Monk Fruit.
Virgil is also proud to claim that their soda’s are officially Keto approved. So if that’s your concern, worry no more!
Among the zero calorie flavours, you’ll find choices like:
Availability of their products can fluctuate, so if you’re struggling to find your favourite flavour, send them a message at their website Virgils, and they’ll tell you where to get it.
#3 – ZEVIA PRODUCT LINE
Founded by Derek Newman, Jessica Newman, and Ian Eisenberg, Zevia is an L.A based company focused on producing low calorie, artificial sweetener free drinks – which includes aspartame free diet drinks. They were one of the first to start using Stevia as an alternative sweetener, even before it was approved by the government.
Zevia products are also non-GMO certified, Kosher, Vegan friendly and Gluten free. A great choice when you’re looking for that quick can of diet pop without aspartame.
In 2019, Zevia also became the official sponsor of the CrossFit Games, further solidifying their stance in the fight against excessive sugar consumption.
These days, Zevia boasts a wide selection of products to choose from, most notably the 14 different flavours of soda:
- Black Cherry
- Caffeine Free Cola
- Cherry Cola
- Cream Soda
- Dr. Zevia
- Ginger Ale
- Ginger Root Beer
- Grapefruit Citrus
- Lemon Lime Twist
- Mountain Zevia
Truly, no taste bud can remain indifferent to such a selection.
Among their Soda line, Zevia also offers energy drinks, non-alcholic mixers, and organic tea. All sugar and artificial sweetener free.
#4 – HANSEN’S DIET SODA LINE
Following the company’s initial success in the 1930’s supplying juices to film studios, Hansen’s Soda line was established in the 1970’s, and modernized in 2008. Their diet drinks use sucralose and acesulfame potassium for sweetness.
Being proud of their Californian heritage, they claim to have the boldest, most unconventional and original of tastes.
Hansen’s diet soda line comes with a selection of 8 different aspartame free soda flavours:
- Black Cherry
- Cherry Vanilla
- Creamy Root Beer
- Ginger Ale
- Kiwi Strawberry
- Original Cola
- Tangerine Lime
#5 – DIET SHASTA SODA LINE
Another company known for their diet drinks without aspartame, is Shasta. Produced by Shasta Beverages, a company that has been around since 1889, Shasta Diet sodas come in a wide variety of 11 flavours and are sweetened by sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
Their soda line is Kosher certified and Gluten free. The caffeine content varies depending on the flavour, so make sure you check the product description before purchasing.
Among the flavours you’ll find hits like:
- Creme Soda
- Black Cherry
- Dr. Shasta
- Twist Lemon Lime
- Root Beer
- Ginger Ale
For more purchasing options of Shasta’s diet soda without aspartame, check out the official store on their website Shasta, as well as a retail store locator to find a place near you.
#6 – DIET RITE
Originally released and produced by the RC Cola company in 1958 as a dietetic product and later marketed as a healthy beverage for the general market in 1962, it’s currently owned and produced by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. It contains no aspartame and instead uses a mix of sucralose and acesulfame potassium as it’s sweeteners. It also contains no caffeine or sodium.
Diet Rite’s aspartame free diet soda currently comes in 5 flavours:
- Cherry Cola
- Red Raspberry
- White Grape
Unfortunately, availability of Diet Rite has wavered in recent years, so if you do find a place that sells all flavours, do let us know in the comments section!
#7 – GREEN COLA
Green Cola was developed in 2012 by a Greek company called Green Cola Hellas. It’s been branded as the cola drink that tastes like other colas but without all the bad stuff.
The beverage contains no artificial additives or sugar, and is sweetened only with Stevia. The product has limited global availability, however Amazon does offer shipping to some parts of the world. It comes in various packages, from cans to plastic or glass bottles.
In addition to the flagship product, the company also offers extra juice flavours which contain a percentage of natural juice. Due to the natural sugars present, these drinks do however have a small caloric content.
#8 – RC DIET COLA
RC Cola was created in 1905 in Columbus, Georgia by Claud A. Hatcher, who would lead to create and lead the company. The same company that eventually developed Diet Rite, and is currently also owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.
The name RC Cola stands for Royal Crown Cola, and was coined in 1934 when the formula was first improved. As the brand gained popularity, the consumers abbreviated it to RC Cola.
Their long standing diet version of the drink uses Sucralose for sweetness.
RC Cola products can be found all over the world in many different retail outlets. If you know of a good place where to get the diet version, let us know in the comments section!
#9 – *Removed
Previously held by Diet Pepsi, we have removed them from the list because as of 2019, Diet Pepsi once again contains Aspartame.
Pepsi has had a rather confusing love/hate relationship with the additive, so do let us know if the circumstances happen to change yet again. We know a lot of you were big fans of their aspartame free diet soda, so maybe they’ll switch things around yet again.
#10 – *Removed
Previously held by Diet Coke with Splenda, we’ve removed them from the list as they seem to have discontinued the product as of 2020. You may still find leftover supplies in some areas if you look, but seems like no more will be made.
Hopefully this list has helped you find your next favourite diet soda without aspartame in the mix!
If you think we’ve missed some products, please let us know in the comment section and we’ll look into adding any qualifying products to this article. If you’re looking for more aspartame free products, check out our list of the best chewing gum without aspartame.
I am very grateful to discover alternative beverages to aspartame. I am diabetic and there is information on the net how aspartame compromises my health. thank you for this site.
Publix Diet sodas (only checked the root beer and orange so far) are safe too.
Last week I found Diet Rite at Publix in Key West, FL. I used to buy it in San Antonio but haven’t been able to find it anywhere in San Antonio for years. Also can’t find RC Diet.
I can’t drink anything with aspartame or sucralose, because both cause gastric distress for me. So now I’m on a constant prowl for sodas with Stevia or monkfruit only. I’ve tried two of those so far, Zevia and Green Cola. The Zevia is disgusting. Watered down, tastes awful. Green Cola is much better.
I haven’t tried Bai or Virgil’s yet, because they’re too dang expensive for what you get. Another one out there is Reed’s Zero Sugar Ginger Beer. Also way too expensive for what you get. I think the Reed’s uses a monkfruit blend.
As for other types of drinks with stevia, HEB in Texas has a line of diet juices that are sweetened with Stevia, and in some awesome flavors like Cranberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Apple, Mango Passionfruit and–my favorite–Pineapple Guava. I had to do without pineapple after my diabetes diagnosis, until HEB came to my rescue. The price is awesome, too, something like $1.99/half gallon. So now I can have 8 0zs or so of juice with my breakfast again. Yay!
Another drink that can work is the Whole Foods 365 Diet Lemonade, also sweetened with Stevia. It’s not as good as fresh, or even as good as, say, Simply Lemonade, but it’s plenty good enough when it’s ice cold on a hot summer day, and sells at a fair price.
Stur makes some liquid and powder water enhances sweetened with Stevia only. They’re pretty good, but I prefer the powder mixes from True Lemon/Lime. They use stevia and a small amount of sugar, barely 1 carb’s worth, which is entirely doable. Faves are watermelon limeade, strawberry lemonade and wildberry lemonade, but they also have raspberry lemonade, black cherry limeade, plain lemonade and limeade, some orange flavors I’m dying to try, a bunch of kid’s flavors (can’t remember them all), and some gourmet flavor energy booster drinks (more expensive). I call all of the True Lemon drinks Koolaid for grownups. I’m also a huge fan of their lemon pepper (sodium free!). It is the stuff of the gods on chicken, fish, and–well–nearly anything you can think of. I have bottles strewn all over the house–kitchen, dining room, patio table, even my office desk. I put it on nearly everything! 😀
Over twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis by an M.D., Ph.D! I refused to have MS, and I attributed my symptoms to the ingestion of Aspartame. I completely stopped using Equal and diet sodas with Aspartame. Every single MS symptom disappeared and never returned. I am seventy years old now, disease free. It may not be carcinogenic, but I often wonder how many people over the last thirty years have been misdiagnosed and treated for MS when possibly Aspartame was actually the culprit. As a Registered Nurse, I fear there are far too many. Do your research, and be careful.