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What Is Grapefruit Soda? (fresca!)

What Is Grapefruit Soda

Who doesn’t love a refreshing soda drink with their meal? But, what about going for a rare soda flavor (citrus flavor) that you might not have come across before?  such as a grapefruit soda.

So, what is grapefruit soda? As a whole grapefruit sodas are a mixture of carbonated water and grapefruit juice.

Some grapefruit sodas or pink grapefruit juice are sweet like Fresca, a grapefruit soda made by Coca-Cola.

Others are sour, and thirst quenching like Bubly made by Pepsi.

Whether you want to know more about the Fresca brand, how good Fresca is for you, and whether drinking grapefruit sodas will make you fat.

This article will cover everything you need to know about grapefruit soda.

Is Fresca a grapefruit soda?

Is Fresca a grapefruit soda

Coca-Cola has many brands and Fresca is one of them. But, is Fresca a fresh grapefruit soda? Here’s what I found:

In total Fresca has 4 flavors: grapefruit citrus, black cherry citrus, peach citrus, and blackberry citrus with a bitter taste.

Therefore, Fresca makes a grapefruit soda among other flavors.

Coca-Cola is the biggest soda company and therefore Fresca is a contender for the most popular fresh grapefruit soda or a refreshing drink in the USA. 

Pepsico is the second largest soda company and they make grapefruit soda under their brand Bubly.

It comes in a pink can.

It’s different from Fresca because it doesn’t contain any sugar.

And the only ingredients are carbonated water or sparkling water and natural flavors.

These are the two easiest options to buy when you’re thinking about getting some grapefruit soda or grapefruit beverage.

Both companies are the biggest in the world and have the best distribution networks.

So, for the most part, they are the easiest grapefruit soda to find in stores and online.

But, you can also make your own at home and include it in your daily diet.

It’s as simple as buying some soda water, and some grapefruits.

If you like it sweet you can add some sugar to offset the sourness of a grapefruit.

Grapefruit drinks are incredibly sour and you might find them too sour to drink without sugar.

Whether you make your own grapefruit soda or buy it, it’s definitely a unique flavor and interestingly different.

Is Fresca bad for you?

Are Fresca drinks bad for you

Fresca is an interesting brand of sodas and has some unique and delicious flavors. But, can you drink them all the time… are frescas bad for you?

As a general rule is that Fresca drinks aren’t bad for you as long as you don’t drink too much of them.

You should aim to drink a maximum of around 1 can of Fresca soda a day.

There isn’t any sugar in Fresca drinks, however, they contain artificial sweeteners, and are genetically modified (GMOs).

The science is still debated as to whether these are good or bad for your health.

Therefore, it’s best to only drink one can a day so that you don’t consume too much of it which could cause a nutritional imbalance.

Bubly grapefruit on the other hand contains all-natural flavors and no artificial sweeteners and could be a better option depending on your preference.

Will drinking Fresca make you fat?

Will drinking Fresca make you fat

If you’re trying to lose weight drinking low-calorie sodas is a better option than standard soda. But does Fresca contain a lot of calories… here’s what I found:

In total Fresca contains zero calories, and therefore drinking it won’t make you fat.

Other popular grapefruit soda r diet soda like Bubly has all-natural ingredients and also don’t have any calories.

A standard soda that contains calories like Sprite has around 140 calories per can.

The amount of calories in a standard can of soda is 7% of the average calorie intake for women, and 5.6% of the daily intake for men.

The average recommended calorie intake per day for women is 2,000 and for men is 2,500, according to, an organization that is run by qualified doctors.

Almost everything you eat and drink has calories.

Except for water.

But, some foods are calories dense such as chocolate.

Here’s a table that shows the number of calories in food compared to a can of Fresca grapefruit soda or Bubly grapefruit soda:

Food Calories per 100g % of the recommended daily calorie intake for women % of the recommended daily calorie intake for men
Toast 313 15% 12%
Cereal 379 19% 15%
Cheese 400 20% 16%
Chocolate 546 27% 22%
Potato chips 536 27% 22%
Fresca grapefruit 0 0% 0%
Bubly Grapefruit 0 0% 0%

What is a substitute for Fresca?

What is a substitute for Fresca

Fresca is a sweet grapefruit soda that tastes delicious but you might want to try something similar but not exactly the same.

Here are some good substitutes for Fresca:

There are two categories of sodas you could use as a Fresca substitute, sweet grapefruit, lemon, fresh lemon juice, or lime sodas.

And sodas made without any artificial flavors or sweeteners.

The sweet sodas you can get are Fanta, Sunkist, and Lift. 

The natural sodas you can get are La Croix, Bubly, and Schweppes.

Another really good option for Fresca alternative is to make your own fresh grapefruit soda.

This would be a homemade soda known as craft soda.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to making your own craft sodas, and you can mix and match flavors.

I wrote an article that explains all the equipment and ingredients you’ll need to make your own homemade grapefruit soda or craft sodaWhat Is Craft Soda?

If you’ve never tried it before you can have a lot of fun, bottling your own soda, and the flavors you can get are second to none.

Sodastream to make your own grapefruit soda

A cheap option for making your own soda is to use a Sodastream to make your own soda water.

I recently compared the cost to make soda water or seltzer water with a Sodastream or airtight container and the cost to buy it in-store and found that making your own soda water is 16 times cheaper than buying it in-store. 

You can find the article Soda Syphon vs Sodastream: Which Is Better? It covers all the numbers. 

Is Fresca better than soda?

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The answer to whether Fresca is better than soda is subjective and depends on individual preferences.

Fresca is a citrus-flavored carbonated soft drink that is marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional sodas.

It contains less sugar and calories compared to regular sodas and has a lighter, crisp flavor.

However, some people might prefer the sweetness and full-bodied taste of regular sodas.

Ultimately, the choice between Fresca and soda comes down to personal taste and health goals.

If you’re looking for a low-calorie alternative to soda, Fresca might be a better option for you.

Is Fresca healthier than soda?

Is Fresca healthier than soda

Fresca doesn’t have any calories or sugar, but is it healthier than popular sodas like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper? Here’s the rundown.

As whole Fresca sodas aren’t more or less healthy for you than standard sodas.

The main advantage of Fresca sodas is that they don’t contain any calories. The Fresca is a grapefruit beverage.

This means they’re a better option if you’re trying to lose weight. Although this isn’t real fruit juice.

In general, whether you drink Fresca or standard soda won’t make a major difference to your health.

And you can drink whatever soda you like, provided you don’t drink too much of it.

Qualified nutritionists who have studied diet and nutrition for many years all agree and advise that you should vary your diet.

And therefore, it’s a good idea to only drink about one can of soda a day.

I researched a range of scientific studies and found that 1 soda a day is around the maximum you should drink in a day.

You can read the full article I wrote about it here: is 1 soda a day bad for you

Does Walmart carry Fresca?

Walmart does carry Fresca soda among all grapefruit soda brands.

Some of their flavors are in stock, whereas others are out of stock.

You can order either cans or bottles of Fresca online, on the Walmart website.

And some allow you to pick it up in-store, but others can only be delivered.

You can also buy it at big supermarket retailers and online stores, such as, and at Target.

Is Fresca soda or water

Fresca is a soda because it’s carbonated. It has CO2 gas pumped into it to make it fizzy.