Why is sunny D banned in the UK?

Everybody here has a question: why is SunnyD banned in the UK? and the answer is because of its components; a product isn’t good for health. 

Sunny D 

SunnyD (formerly called Sunny Delight before about 2000) is a spicy orange beverage developed in 1963 by Doric Foods of Mount Dora, Florida, United States. Additional plants were built in California and Ohio in 1974 and 1978, respectively. In April 1983, Sundor Brands purchased Doric Foods; Sundor Brands was later purchased by the U.S. multinational Procter & Gamble in March 1989. The beverage is superficially related to orange juice , but also resembles a non-carbonated soft drink .

Sunny D Ingredients

As reported by MEL magazine, Sunny D describes itself as “orange-flavored citrus punch.” A look at the nutrition label confirms that the product hardly resembles anything extracted from a fruit. The two main components are water and high-fructose corn syrup, with fruit juices, citric acid, sweeteners, sodium and coloring making up less than two percent of the formula. One of the most egregious ingredients in Sunny D is something called Acesulfame potassium, an alternative sweetener that has been banned as potentially carcinogenic in several countries.

While Sunny D is not good for you, it’s actually no worse than most sugary treats for kids. But unlike Yoo-Hoo or Coca Cola, Sunny D’s marketing focuses on nutrition. The taste, color and images of real oranges on the bottle make customers think they are buying real orange juice. The label and advertisements also advertise the drink’s high vitamin content. The name “Sunny D” already suggests that there is vitamin D in every container. It is true that Sunny D contains 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, but health experts warn that its sugar content makes its nutritional value superficial.

List of components

  • Water
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • 2% or less of the following:

-Citric acid

-Ascorbic acid

-Thiamine hydrochloride

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-Natural flavors

-Modified corn starch

-Canola oil

-Sodium citrate

-Cellulose gum


-Acesulfame potassium


-Sodium hexametaphosphate

-Potassium sorbate

-Yellow # 5

-Yellow # 6

  • Concentrated juices :







-Red # 33

-Red # 40

What was the problem in the UK?

In the United Kingdom, there were many negative press reports about the product, following an investigation by The Food Commission, an independent consumer organization in the United Kingdom.

In December 1999, according to a report by BBC News, the negative publicity escalated when a Sunny Delight television commercial showing a snowman turning orange was released, at about the same time as reports of a four-year-old girl who experienced her skin turning orange – due to the product’s use of beta-Carotene for color – after drinking an estimated 1.5 liters of Sunny Delight a day.

Sales had halved by 2001, and the drink was redesigned and reinvented in March 2003 as “SunnyD”. In the United Kingdom, SunnyD was relaunched in March 2009, with a new formulation containing 70% fruit juice and no artificial ingredients or added sugar. However, amid declining sales, the product was further reformulated in April 2010, as a lower priced beverage containing only 15% fruit juice. (references for wikipedia). 

IN Fact: Sunny D contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant also found in pigmented vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes. It’s actually perfectly healthy, but consuming too much can have the alarming side effect of altering skin color.

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