Product Type: Coca-Cola Soft Drink
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Member Name: jjrose
Advantages: Refreshing taste
Disadvantages: Sugar level is quite high and can leave a sour after-taste
I love oranges whether to be consumed as fresh fruits or in the juice form. Most of the time, I like to drink non-carbonated orange juices like Tropicana so something of that sort. However, I would occasionally drink Fanta Orange if I'm in the mood to get some fizz to go with my lunch.
As for the packaging and appearance, Fanta orange comes in curvy plastic bottles with an orange label with 'Fanta' logo. The 500 ml bottles, as shown in the picture, are widely available in most supermarkets and cafes. They are easy to hold as well as store in my bag so there's no issue in that area. The drink itself is orange in appearance which reflects the orange flavour.
Even though I like drinking fizzy drinks, they don't always agree with my stomach. The carbonated kinds tend to give me a stomach ache, and this is especially problematic with Fanta orange. I know it's fizzy drink but even then, Fanta orange tends to at the end of max spectrum in regards to fizziness. Most of the time, I open the cap a little bit, shake the bottle slightly, let the gas out and repeat this for 2 or 3 times to reduce the fizziness. Otherwise, I tend to get a severe case of bloated stomach.
However, Fanta orange does have quite a refreshing taste. I can definitely taste oranges but the sugary sweetness can be overwhelming most of the time. Also, as stated in the nutritional information, the drink also contains vegetable juices from concentrates (i.e. carrot, pumpkin) but I cannot taste the vegetables at all. As for the health values, 100 ml of Fanta orange contains 10.7 grams of sugar and gives 45 kcals of energy. Since we're talking about a fizzy drink here, the sugar content seems low compared to some drinks, but it is still high in terms of RDA (recommended daily allowance). Nevertheless, there is a Fanta zero variety with little or no sugar at all, but I haven't tasted it personally so I cannot comment.
As for the pricing, I think it is within a reasonable range. Fanta orange comes in a variety of sizes from 330 ml cans to 2 litre family-size bottles. I usually buy 500 ml bottles as part of my lunch for around £0.90-1.10. Sometimes, they are on offer such as 2 for £1.50. The 2 litre bottles are sold for around £2.00 in most supermarkets, so they are more economical if you like to have Fanta daily.
Overall, Fanta orange is a refreshing drink great for the summer. Aside from having too much fizz and sugar, it would complement most meals. Personally, I don't care much for the sour after taste so I usually drink a glass of water to get rid of the taste and for my oral hygiene as well.
Summary: Great for someone who likes fizzy orange juice