European Fanta Vs. American Fanta: HUGE difference

On my trip to Italy, I realized the fanta (still made by the Coke company) tasted MUCH better than the American version. Since no one believed me, I vowed to prove it when I returned. So I took the product information label off a bottle of Fanta to see how different the SAME drink may be, when it is produced in different countries. Here’s what I found.

Italian Version:
Senza aggiunta di conservanti = No preservatives
Senza coloranti = No dyes
Aromi naturali = Natural flavors (This is the only one that they have in common!)
di aranciata al 12% di succo di arancia si è preparato con il SUCCO di ARANCE= 12% of orange juice to orange juice is made with orange juice. (What that means is beyond me.)

“Non-alcoholic Orange juice.” I really enjoy that sentence.

What’s green is not found in the American version.

Ingredients:

Water. orange juice. carbon dioxide.acidifier citric acid, natural flavors. stabilizing gum acacia. antioxidant ascorbic acid.”Store in a cool, dry, clean and odor-free, away from sunlight and heat sources.

Informazioni nutrizionali per 100 ml: (Nutrition information per 100 ml:)
Valore energetico (Calories) 48 kcal, 202 kj
Protiene: (Protien) 0g
carboidrati (carbohydrates AKA sugar) 11.7 g
Grassi: (Fat) 0g
fibre alimentari: (dietary fiber) 0g
Sodio(Sodium) 0mg
Now for the American Version:
“Contains No Juice”
100% Natural Flavors
What’s red is the different ingredients not found in the Italian version.
Ingredients:

Carbonated Water, High fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate (To protect taste (AKA PRESERVATIVES), Natural flavors, Modified food starch, Sodium phosphates, glycerol ester of rosin, yellow 6, brominated vegitable oil, red 40.”Low Sodium”

Per 100 ml (Did some math here)
Sodium: 16.4mg
Fat: 0g
Total Carbs: 13.1g
Sugar: 13.1g
Protein: 0g.

To sum up the Nutritional Facts:
The Italian version has less Sodium, Sugar and Carbs.

To sum up the ingredients:
Look up. I think it’s clear.

To sum up the taste:
There is no comparison to the taste of the Italian version of Fanta.

The Minibot – FRC at 263

Team 263, Sachem Robotics’ Prototype and deployment.

The new bot has two motors, the second is attached to the smaller wheel. Since it has a 2:1 gear ratio, the smaller wheel goes twice the speed.

The last trial runs were:

2.9 – 3.1 range
  • There are no magnets other then the ones inside the motors 😀
  • There is ghetto wiring currently installed on the bot and there has not been any programming set on the controller yet.
  • When the power is manually cut at the top of the pole, it slowly goes back down the pole.
  • It is very picky of it’s center of gravity. The bot will fall off the pole if a wheel is too far in.
  • The wheels were shaved down to the shape of the pole, as well as adding grip to it.
Update: (Febuary)
Our minibot and deployment have changed dramatically while maintaining relatively the same speed. The following video is our fastest, yet unstable model.

Early stages of deployment:
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/19177096 w=400&h=300]

Old Prototype:

Update: (April)
See the video of our final version in action, with an Uber tube tied behind our back, for the win.

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