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Sprite was originally a Fanta flavor. In 1959 Fanta released a lemon-lime flavor, and it was rebranded & became Sprite in 1961.

Sprite continues to compete among the variety of carbonated soft drinks. Due to its flavor profile, which combines the acidic sweetness of lemon and lime, the clear, colorless soda, which was first created in the late 1950s, proved to be a refreshing alternative to colas and root beers. But did you know that Sprite was originally a Fanta flavor?

Sprite was a flavor under Fanta. Fanta introduced a lemon-lime taste in 1959, and in 1961 it changed its name to Sprite.

The History of Sprite

Many people are unaware that Sprite’s roots may be found in Germany. According to the Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the German soda maker Fanta created Sprite in West Germany in 1959. Its initial name was really Fanta Klare Zitrone rather than Sprite, which translates to clear lemon Fanta. The product wasn’t given the Sprite moniker until two years after it was released on the American market.

Coca-Cola’s researchers and engineers conducted an extensive investigation before settling on the logo and design, considering several options before deciding against them. 

Green was the ideal color for the product right away because it stands out while blending in as a natural tone. When Sprite was introduced to American consumers in 1961, the efforts paid off, and it became an instant hit.

Over three-quarters of American consumers consumed sprite in 1967, and it was available in close to 40 different nations around the world. By 2019, that number had risen to nearly 200. The initial marketing efforts were directed at adults, but when the soda gained popularity among teenagers, the emphasis shifted to targeting younger customers. Sprite is currently the third most popular soft drink on the planet. (Source: Rock Hill Coke)

Is Sprite Effective for Hangovers? 

Although Sprite has been around since the late 1950s, it wasn’t until many years later that a previously unrecognized characteristic of the fizzy beverage was discovered. According to a 2013 study by Chinese experts, drinking Sprite might help with hangover symptoms, according to United Press International. 

The study, published in the Journal Food & Function, looked at 57 potential hangover remedies to determine how well they worked to stop the chemical process that causes hangovers.

According to the study’s findings, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), which converts ethanol into acetaldehyde and generates the usual hangover symptoms of nausea and headache, is triggered by heavy drinking. Dehydrogenase (ALDH), a separate enzyme, transforms acetaldehyde into acetate, lessening the effects of a hangover. Sprite has been shown to hasten the conversion of acetaldehyde to acetate; therefore, drinking a few cans of Sprite after a night of drinking may lessen the discomfort of the morning. (Source: Rock Hill Coke)

World Wide Sprite

Today, Sprite is marketed in more than 190 nations. In addition to the perennially popular lemon-lime flavor, also known as Lymon, Sprite drinkers have access to over 17 more flavors. Sprite Zero, Sprite Cherry, Sprite 6 Mix, Sprite Ice, and, during the holiday season, Sprite Cranberry are some of the options available. (Source: Rock Hill Coke

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