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Mexican Coke - to sugar or not

Mexican Coke – it’s all about the natural cane sugar.

Many people are drinking Coca Cola bottled in Mexico, it could be the glass bottle or the lack of  high fructose corn syrup or maybe the water, you decide! – Meanwhile the The Corn Refiners association is Renaming High Fructose Corn Syrup As “Corn Sugar“.

High fructose corn syrup has been making headlines with “Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, U.S. researchers said, in a study that challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same” – Critics of the extensive use of HFCS in food sweetening argue that the highly processed substance is more harmful to humans than regular sugar, contributing to weight gain by affecting normal appetite functions, and that in some foods HFCS may be a source of mercury, a known neurotoxin.

A shift occurred in the mid-80’s with the glut of corn when the major soft drink manufacturers changed their formulas. “New Coke” was forced on us, and it was sweetened with HFCS.  It tasted different, we all seemed to hate it, and Pepsi tried to tell us that they had won the taste test. The public doesn’t like change, and the market forced a different product. Enter Coca cola “classic,” which wasn’t classic. It was a contrived formula of flavors that tasted more like the original non-HFCS than “New Coke.” Read More…

The New York Times states, “The product is Coca-Cola that is made and bottled in Mexico. I’m not the only person who believes that it’s better: there’s a Mexican Coke Facebook page with more than 10,000 fans. “I am a (Mexican) Coke fiend,” wrote Richard Metzger on the Web site Dangerous Minds this past August. “It is SO FREAKING DELICIOUS.” Mexican Coke is “a lot more natural tasting,” another fan recently told a news program in Idaho. “A little less harsh, I would say” Read More…

In fact according to the consumerist. More People Buying Mexican Coca Cola. Perhaps it’s the glass bottles. Or it could be the lack of high fructose corn syrup. Maybe it just tastes better. Whatever the reason, a growing number of folks on the north side of the Rio Grande are drinking Coca Cola bottled in Mexico.

One of the major reasons is the aforementioned absence of HFCS is Mexican Coke, which still uses cane sugar as its sweetener. While the debate continues over whether or not HFCS is any worse for you than sugar, there are many who say there is a marked difference in the taste of the two sweeteners. Read More…

Since The Corn Refiners Association is Renaming High Fructose Corn Syrup As “Corn Sugar” In a Genius Branding Move, soon we’ll be able to buy sugar coca cola in the United States as well. This is a genius move.

For one thing, High-Fructose Corn Syrup has a terrible reputation. It’s really bad for you, but then so is any other kind of sugar, and yet people who care about health somehow think that normal “sugar” is much better than HFCS, for no really good reason. It’s at a terrible disadvantage.

So right off the bat, changing the name to Corn Sugar will help shed the negative thoughts associated with High-Fructose Corn Syrup. Read More…

References: http://www.businessinsider.com, http://consumerist.com, http://www.nytimes.com, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

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