Scepticism towards artificial sweeteners has inhibited growth in lower-calorie carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) in China but as obesity rates rise, consumer demand for lower-calorie, healthier beverages will increase. To meet this demand and to prevent consumers deserting the CSD market for healthier non-carbonated products, CSD producers will have to develop lower-calorie, naturally sweetened offerings, and stevia-based products could be the obvious solution.