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CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 16148 Posts
Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:38:11 AM
mykunter: "Anyone try Mexican Coca-Cola?"

No, but I have tried throwback Pepsi and throwback Mt.Dew, both were made with sugar instead of HFCS. And yes, I preferred them both for the same reasons you gave. These were both packaged in cans, btw.

Used to have a Pepsi bottling plant where I lived, grew up with 16oz bottles as the norm. Still believe it's one of the best recycling models for drinks.

Justin9235
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1582 Posts
Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:30:55 AM
I have this poster hanging up in my cubicle.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 11744 Posts
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:57:24 PM
@MK, I've had Mexican Coke, and the difference, I believe, can be mostly attributed to the bottle (bottled Coke always had less bite than canned Coke), it`s age, and being jostled around in a truck for ~1000 mi., which would reduce the carbonation and mellow the flavor.

Coke pulled the switch in the 80s. New Coke, which was actually Diet Coke with HFCS instead of sacharin, was brought out to beat Pepsi in those "Take the Pepsi Challenge" taste tests, where people taking only a sip usually chose the sweeter drink.

Nevertheless, people demanded the old Coke, so they brought it back, but with HFCS. (I think that was the plan all along.)

That fall, I was in a play. The theater had been closed all summer, and it had a Coke machine in the basement. The Coke had been kept cold and in total darkness for ~4 months, so it was like new. We did some taste tests with Old Coke (w/sugar) vs, Coke Classic (w/HFCS), and nobody could taste the difference.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 11744 Posts
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:37:11 PM
Table sugar, or sucrose, consists of one glucose molecule and one fructose molecule weakly bound together. As soon as it contacts stomach acid, it breaks apart into glucose and fructose.

Corn syrup has much more glucose than fructose, so they use enzymatic processing to convert some of its glucose into fructose to make it sweeter.

The most common forms of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are HFCS 42 (used in beverages, processed foods, cereals, and baked goods), ~42% fructose and ~53% glucose; and HFCS 55 (mostly used in soft drinks), ~55% fructose and ~42% glucose. So, some HFCS actually has LESS fructose than sugar, while some has SLIGHTLY more.

The funny thing is that a few years ago, many of these so-called nutrition experts were touting PURE fructose as a healthy alternative to regular sugar.

The reason kids today are so fat is not because Coke switched to HFCS but because a bottle of Coke has gone from 6 oz to 20 oz.

mykunter
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 2094 Posts
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:38:52 PM
Anyone try Mexican Coke? Wait... let me try again. Anyone try Mexican Coca-Cola? It's made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. I found it in a store today for $2 a bottle, had to try it. It seemed better to me. It was smoother and had a more rounded flavor and not so, well, syrupy. Maybe I just wanted it to seem better, I don`t know.

It was also nice to drink it from a glass bottle, instead of plastic or aluminum.

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