Carbonated Soft Drinks

Carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) come in a full range options and flavours, from zero to full-calorie, to suit each individual lifestyle.


Not all soft drinks have the same ingredients, so be sure to check each individual label for the most accurate information.

Regular carbonated soft drinks may contain the following ingredients:

Carbonated Water

Water is the base of soft drinks. Carbon dioxide is the colourless, odourless gas that provides the water with effervescence and bubbles.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

A caloric sweetener made from corn with similar composition to sucrose, or common table sugar. HFCS is composed primarily of the two simple sugars glucose and fructose, with trace amounts of some other simple sugars, and is metabolized in the same manner as sucrose.

Caramel Colour

A colouring agent with a minimal effect on the soda flavour.

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Phosphoric Acid

A flavouring agent that provides tartness and acts as a preservative.

Citric Acid

A specific type of flavouring agent used in citrus soft drinks.


A flavour enhancer.

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Sodium Benzoate or Potassium Benzoate

An antimicrobial agent that helps prevent bacteria, yeasts and molds.