Tang drink mix packets in grape, orange and hibiscus tea flavors.
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Tang is a fruit-flavored drink. Originally formulated by General Foods Corporation food scientist William A. Mitchell in 1957, it was first marketed in powdered form in 1959. The Tang brand is owned by Mondelēz International.
Sales of Tang were poor until NASA used it on John Glenn's Mercury flight, and subsequent Gemini missions. Since then, it was closely associated with the U.S. manned spaceflight program, leading to the misconception that Tang was invented for the space program.
Tang was used by some early NASA manned space flights. In 1962, when Mercury astronaut John Glenn conducted eating experiments in orbit, Tang was selected for the menu, and was also used during some Gemini flights. In 2013, Buzz Aldrin stated that "Tang sucks".
Tang is sold both in powdered and ready-to-drink form; they both have similar tastes. The recommended usage of original powdered Tang is two tablespoons per 8 US fluid ounces (240 ml) of water. A single 8 US fl oz (240 ml) serving of Tang provides 9 grams (0.32 oz) of sugar; 40 kilocalories (167 kJ); 100% RDA of vitamin C; 10% RDA of vitamin A, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6, and no caffeine.
Mondelēz also makes a sugar-free version of Tang, containing aspartame, which comes in individually measured packets and was introduced in March 1985.
In 2007, Kraft introduced a new version of Tang which replaced half of the sugar with artificial sweeteners. The new packaging advertises "1/2 the Sugar of 100% juice". The artificial sweeteners used in the new formulation are sucralose, acesulfame potassium, and neotame. The new formula is more concentrated and distributed in smaller containers, with a 12.3 US fl oz (360 ml) (348 g (12.3 oz)) container making 8 US quarts (7,600 ml).
The recommended usage is two and one-half teaspoons per 8 US fluid ounces (240 ml) of water. The lid on the new smaller plastic container acts as a measuring cup which may be used to make one or two quart quantities, the same as the original Tang.
As of December 2009, the 12.3 US fl oz (360 ml) lower calorie Tang has been discontinued and is no longer available from Kraft.
In 2009, another version of Tang emerged in 20 US fl oz (590 ml) containers making only 6 US quarts (5,700 ml). Two level tablespoons make one serving (8 US fl oz (240 ml), 90 calories) with 0 g fat, 35 mg (0.54 gr), 22 g (0.78 oz) total carbohydrate (sugar), and 0 g protein. Its list of ingredients include sugar, citric acid (provides tartness), and less than 2% of: natural and artificial flavor, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), maltodextrin, calcium phosphate (prevents caking), guar and xanthan gums (provides body), sodium acid pyrophosphate, artificial color, yellow 5, yellow 6, BHA (to help protect flavor).
In popular culture
- Fans of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion often refer to the orange colored, translucent liquid LCL, featured within the series as both a medium to connect the pilot's brain waves to their Evangelion and as a fictional means of achieving Liquid breathing, as "Tang", due to the two liquids incidental resemblance to each other.
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- LCL - EvaWiki - An Evangelion Wiki - EvaGeeks.org
- Evangelion Director Shocks the Anime World Without Making a Movie Where Everyone Turns Into Tang | RocketNews24
- Flavor Sparkling Recipes with Tang Instant Breakfast Drink. General Foods Corporation. 1965.
- (Spanish) Official website