High-Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar: The Myth of Mexican Coke

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If you love Coca-Cola (for whatever sick, twisted reason) but don’t dig the high-fructose corn syrup that comes with every sip, you might be one of thousands of people who lust after Mexican Coke. The rumor is that in Mexico, Coke is made with real sugar cane rather than HFCS, which apparently makes it taste better.

But when Obesity did an analysis of a Mexican Coke, there was no sucrose (cane  sugar) to be found. Instead, the sweeteners appeared to be glucose and fructose. And that means one of two things. First, it could mean that the beloved Mexican Cokes are all really old, so the sucrose broke down into fructose and glucose. Or, it could mean that Coca-Cola in Mexico uses HFCS as well.

Maybe this is a sign that all of you Mexican Coke lovers should call it quits at the risk of ingesting HFCS and all of the negative health effects that could stem from your addiction. What do you think?

via TIME Healthland

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    • Luke

      Australian coke on the other hand is pure sugar cane goodness.
      Mmmmm.

      As for promoting healthy living, how about not preaching from the same pulpit that endorses celebrity gossip?

    • alesro

      Mexican Coke used to be made with cane sugar, since Mexico historically has been a cane producer, but since Coca-Cola ex employee, and former mexican president Vicente Fox got into office, he eliminated the import and tax restrictions for HFCS, and got into fights with several sugar cane producers, wich made it possible for Coca Cola and other soda producers to use cheap american corn syrup. Well done Fox, you S.O.B.

    • Peter C

      New Zealand Coke is also only made with cane sugar. Occasionally we get parallel imported Coke from the USA. It’s nowhere near as nice.

    • Adam C

      yeah any other country than the US uses sugar, and it sucks cause i love it with sugar, and i need to go to an ethnic supermarket to get my mexican coke (and sprite, squirt, any soda made with sugar, not HFCS).

      • Adam C

        but if this is true, im looking north to canadian coke