Sprite is a carbonated drink produced by the Coca Cola Company. It was first introduced in the United States in 1961 and ever since this transparent lemon-lime drink has caught the imagination of the American public.
It is available in the form of green and blue can, and green transparent bottle.
Sprite was initially introduced as an alternative to 7-Up, which was produced by a competitor. However, with clever marketing and production ingenuity, Sprite overtook 7-Up as the leader in lemon flavored drinks in the late 1970s.
All Sprite lovers enjoy this drink but not many even stop to think what are the ingredients that go into their much-loved lemon-lime soda. Sprite soda ingredients are very similar to other carbonated drinks. It contains water that is carbonated, phosphoric acid, potassium citrate, potassium benzoate (a taste protector), citric acid, natural flavors, aspartame and acesulfame potassium. It also contains fructose corn syrup and caramel color.
Like all sodas, Sprite too is high in calories, sugar content and sodium. However, it is believed that the sodium content in Sprite is lesser than other carbonated drinks. Sprite contains 11 calories, 3.2 grams carbohydrates, 3.2 grams sugar and 5.8 milligrams of sodium.
This does not mean that Sprite is healthy. In fact research has shown over and over again that there is a connection between soda consumption and weight gain. According to researchers, each time you drink Sprite or any other soda, the risk of obesity increase 1.6 times. In addition, there are other health risks like tooth decay, weakening of bones, liver and kidney damage, dehydration, diabetes and elevated blood pressure.
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