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Is Fanta Bad For You?

Also Known As: Fanta Orange



Short answer

Although the drink boasts about having no fat and no caffeine, there are plenty of other ingredients in Orange Fanta that make it unhealthy for your body. Consuming it in moderation could limit the effects, but there is no real nutritional value to this drink at all.



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Long answer

Fanta is one of many sodas that include chemicals proven to be harmful to the body if ingested regularly. The lack of caffeine and the sweet, fruity flavors of this drink make it very attractive as an alternative to caffeinated beverages. Unfortunately, Fanta drinks are not good for your body at all because they contain very high levels of sugar, excess citric acid, aspartame, phenylalanine, as well as a host of artificial preservatives.

The high amounts of sugar in Fanta will cause the liver to produce large quantities of insulin much more rapidly than it should. Most of the sugars will then be turned into fat cells, leading to obesity and an increased risk of diabetes. Anyone that is looking to lose weight will probably see the opposite happen if they continue to drink Fanta.

Citric acid is another thing to be concerned about in Fanta. Mixing the sugar content with high levels of acid creates a huge off-balance in your body's digestive system and mouth. Only the stomach is capable of handling this high of an acid level, meaning the mouth, throat, intestines, and all other internal body parts that come into contact with the soda may start to deteriorate over time. Most commonly, tooth enamel will slowly erode.

Another notable ingredient you should be worried about is aspartame. It's widely known from highly publicized studies that Aspartame has been linked with some types of cancer and tumor growth, along with numerous neurological issues which are caused by the formation of formaldehyde after it's broken down in your body.

Possible short-term side effects

  • blood sugar spike
  • muscle spasms, aches
  • dehydration

Possible long-term side effects

  • cancer / tumors
  • tooth erosion
  • weight gain, obesity
  • liver problems
  • diabetes
  • neurological issues

Ingredients to be aware of


  • zero fat
  • caffeine-free

Healthier alternatives

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Zevia Orange Soda

  • Zero calories
  • Sugar-free
  • No artificial colors
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Plant-based sweeteners
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Written by Healthy Living 35
Published on: 12-28-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Healthy Living 35
Published on: 12-28-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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