Orangina is a lightly carbonated citrus drink created in 1935 and now enjoyed throughout the world. It is readily recognized for being sold in a distinctive bulbous bottle designed to resemble the orange fruit. The main ingredient of Orangina is carbonated water. With its distinctive, sweet citrus flavor, Orangina also contains high fructose corn syrup and a blend of four different citrus juices.
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High Fructose Corn Syrup
After carbonated water, Orangina contains high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient. High fructose corn syrup has the same calories and sweetness of regular sugar, but has a higher ratio of fructose to glucose. This altered ratio gives high fructose corn syrup a longer shelf life and less of a tendency to form crystals. Because of this, and the fact that is is less expensive than regular sugar, high fructose corn syrup is often used in processed foods and drinks.
Fruit Juice Concentrates
Orangina advertises that it contains at least 12 percent citrus juice, which includes 10 percent orange juice and a 2 percent blend of lemon, mandarin and grapefruit juices. These are in the form of juice concentrates, which are fruit juices that have had most of the water removed from them. One serving of Orangina contains 15 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.
Orangina is unique among most carbonated beverages in that it contains pulp. Orangina advertises that it contains 2 percent pulp, and recommends gently shaking the beverage prior to drinking it in order to mix the orange pulp into the liquid.
Like many processed foods and beverages, Orangina contains an ingredient called "natural flavors." Natural flavors are compounds that originate from a plant or animal source and are used to enhance the flavor of a particular food or beverage without adding any nutrients. Natural flavors are usually used in very small amounts, so they are found at the bottom of an ingredients list. The natural flavors themselves may be made of a combination of many different substances.