Sprite is a clear, lemon-lime flavored, caffeine free soft drink, produced by the Coca-Cola Company. It was introduced in the United States in 1961. This was Coke's response to the popularity of 7 Up, which had begun as "Lithiated Lemon" in 1929. It comes in a primarily silver, green, and blue can or a green translucent bottle with a primarily green and blue label. In 1978, Sprite became the market leader position in the lemon soda category.
Early magazine advertisements promoted it as a somewhat sophisticated, tart and not-too-sweet drink mixer, to be used (similar to tonic water or ginger ale) with alcoholic beverages such as whiskey and vodka. In the 1980s, many years after Sprite's introduction, Coke pressured its large bottlers that distributed 7 Up to replace the soda with the Coca-Cola product. In a large part due to the strength of the Coca-Cola system of bottlers, Sprite finally became the leader position in the lemon soda category in 1978.
This lens will help you to understand Sprite's ingredients, why they are there and what they are, and also Sprite nutrition facts.
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Continue reading below to find out what is in Sprite and what each ingredient's purpose is in the drink. Also read about the health effects of each ingredient and where you can find Sprite.
Sprite Ingredients List
What is in Sprite?
Here is a list of ingredients in Sprite in order of appearance on the can's label. Continue to the next section to find out what each of these ingredients is and what purpose it plays in the drink.
- Carbonated Water
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Citric Acid
- Natural Flavors
- Sodium Citrate
- Sodium Benzoate
Nutrition Facts For Sprite
Sprite Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 8oz
0 grams fat
26g total carbohydrates
What is in Sprite?
What are Sprite's Ingredients?
The labels on food and drinks use the scientific names of ingredients, so it is difficult to determine what the purpose of each is in the food or drink.
Carbonated water is water that has had carbon dioxide (CO2) added to it. This is what gives Sprite (and other soft drinks) their fizzy taste.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup, or HFCS, is a corn derived sugar syrup that is in just about every soda on the market. There are health concerns about HFCS such as obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease, and more.
Citric acid is a weak, organic acid and is a natural preservative. It is used to add a sour or acidic taste to food or drinks.
Natural flavorings are the ingredients that the manufacturer of food and drinks add to their product to give the product its unique taste. In the case of Sprite, it is lemon, lime, and probably other ingredients, which usually remain a secret formula.
Sodium citrate, or trisodium citrate, is a sodium salt that has a salty, somewhat tart flavor. It is used as a food additive for flavor and as a preservative. It is very frequently found in lemon lime and citrus drinks.
Sodium benzoate is a food preservative. It has bacteriostatic and fungistatic properties under acidic conditions. (It stops bacteria and fungus from reproducing).
Various forms of Sprite
Sprite Zero is a sugar-free version of Sprite.
Fruit-flavored variations of Sprite.
A mint flavored version of Sprite
A less carbonated version of Sprite with sugar.
Sprite on Fire
A ginger flavored variation of Sprite.
Sprite Super Lemon
A version of Sprite introduced in Hong Kong.
An energy drink marketed to compete against Red Bull. The 3G stands for: Glucose, Green Coffee Beans, and Guarana.
Where is Sprite available?
Where in the world can I get Sprite?
Sprite is reportedly available in the following countries:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau (Macao), Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mariana Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Korea, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarteen, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia & Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Gambia, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank-Gaza, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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Health Effects of Soda
The health effects of soft drink ingredients.
Carbonated water has been linked to tooth decay, but the overall effect is similar to that of orange juice. A frequently heard rumor is that carbonated water may be linked to a decrease in bone density or an increased bone fracture risk, but studies have shown the risk is negligible.
Carbonated water eases symptoms of indigestion and constipation.
Overall, carbonated water is a very safe ingredient.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
High fructose corn syrup has been linked to obesity and can cause health issues due to excessive sugar intake. Consumption of HFCS has been linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as fructose can cause fat deposits in the abdomen. Many agencies in the US have suggested reducing overall sugar intake. HFCS is under scrutiny by health agencies, and as more studies are performed, more health effects related to sugar intake will surely be discovered.
High-fructose corn syrup is probably okay to consume in moderation. Limit intake.
Citric acid is found naturally in many fruits such as lemons, oranges, and limes. It reduces acid in your blood and urine. Citric acid can reduce kidney stones by breaking up existing stones and changing the chemistry of urine to make the environment less favorable for forming stones. Citric acid can also treat urinary tract infections. Citric acid increases the effectiveness of the digestive system by regulating the pH balance.
Citric acid is a healthy ingredient and is perfectly safe and even beneficial to consume.
Sodium citrate is actually used to reduce blood acidity. It can cause muscle spasms in very high doses (more than you are going to receive from drinking normal intake of Sprite). It can cause elevated sodium levels in the blood, but this shouldn't be more than a temporary issue unless you have damaged kidneys.
Sodium citrate is a relatively safe ingredient in Sprite and shouldn't pose any health risks at normal Sprite consumption levels.
Please see the next section for information on Sodium Benzoate
Sodium Benzoate Preservative in Sprite
What is Sodium Benzoate?
Sodium benzoate (Benzoic Acid) is a preservative. It is bacteriostatic and fungistatic under acidic conditions. It is most widely used in acidic foods such as salad dressings (vinegar), carbonated drinks (carbonic acid), jams and fruit juices (citric acid), pickles (vinegar), and condiments. It is also used as a preservative in medicines and cosmetics. Benzoic acid is detectable at low levels in cranberries, prunes, greengage plums, cinnamon, ripe cloves, and apples. Though benzoic acid is a more effective preservative, sodium benzoate is more commonly used as a food additive because benzoic acid does not dissolve well in water. Concentration as a preservative is limited by the FDA in the U.S. to 0.1% by weight. No adverse effects have been found in humans at doses of 647-825 mg/kg of body weight per day.
Health Effects of Sodium Benzoate
In combination with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate form benzene, a known carcinogen. However, in most beverages that contain both, the benzene levels are below those considered dangerous for consumption. Heat, light and shelf life can affect the rate at which benzene is formed.
Research published in 2007 for the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) suggests that certain artificial colours, when paired with sodium benzoate may be linked to hyperactive behaviour. The results were inconsistent regarding sodium benzoate, so the FSA recommended further study.
Professor Jim Stevenson from Southampton University, and author of the report, said: "This has been a major study investigating an important area of research. The results suggest that consumption of certain mixtures of artificial food colours and sodium benzoate preservative are associated with increases in hyperactive behaviour in children. However, parents should not think that simply taking these additives out of food will prevent hyperactive disorders.
Does Sprite have caffeine?
No. Sprite is a non-caffeinated soft drink.
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TedWritesStuff on January 02, 2013:
Funnily enough I thought Sprite had caffeine in!
Quake120 (author) on November 08, 2012:
@TeacherSerenia: The point of this lens isn't so much as to point out the unhealthy effects of soda, but more to make sure that people are informed of what the ingredients on the label mean. The majority of the population doesn't know at all know what the ingredients label on their food and drinks mean due to the scientific names of most of them.
I will add information about aspartame. Aspartame gives me bad headaches if I drink a lot of it. No other soft drink does that to me, even high caffeine beverages like Rockstar or Monster Energy.
Thanks for the comments!
TeacherSerenia on November 08, 2012:
I assume the point of this lens it to point out just how unhealthy any soda pop drink is for the human body. So I am very surprised to find you are pushing (or selling) Cool sprite related products - which turn out to be nothing but other high fructose corn syrup drinks like Coke. You also do NOT mention just how bad the aspartame artificial sweetener is for the human body as well.