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Sugar Is Back on Food Labels, This Time as a Selling Point
NY Times ^ | March 21, 2009 | KIM SEVERSON

Posted on 03/21/2009 3:32:08 PM PDT by neverdem

Sugar, the nutritional pariah that dentists and dietitians have long reviled, is enjoying a second act, dressed up as a natural, healthful ingredient.

From the tomato sauce on a Pizza Hut pie called “The Natural,” to the just-released soda Pepsi Natural, some of the biggest players in the American food business have started, in the last few months, replacing high-fructose corn syrup with old-fashioned sugar.

ConAgra uses only sugar or honey in its new Healthy Choice All Natural frozen entrees. Kraft Foods recently removed the corn sweetener from its salad dressings, and is working on its Lunchables line of portable meals and snacks.

The turnaround comes after three decades during which high-fructose corn syrup had been gaining on sugar in the American diet. Consumption of the two finally drew even in 2003, according to the Department of Agriculture. Recently, though, the trend has reversed. Per capita, American adults ate about 44 pounds of sugar in 2007, compared with about 40 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup...

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Some shoppers prefer cane or beet sugar because it is less processed. High-fructose corn syrup is produced by a complex series of chemical reactions that includes the use of three enzymes and caustic soda.

Others see the pervasiveness of the inexpensive sweetener as a symbol of the ill effects of government subsidies given to large agribusiness interests like corn growers.

But the most common argument has to do with the rapid rise of obesity in the United States, which began in the 1980s, not long after industrial-grade high-fructose corn syrup was invented. As the amount of the sweetener in the American diet has expanded, so have Americans.

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Both sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are made from glucose and fructose. The level of fructose is about 5 percent higher in the corn sweetener.

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Both sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are made from glucose and fructose. The level of fructose is about 5 percent higher in the corn sweetener.

That's wrong. Cane sugar or beet sugar is sucrose which is one to one compound of fructose and glucose. I used to think what's the big deal with HFCS? Both fructose and glucose are 6 carbon sugars and have the same amount of calories. That was until I read some papers describing de novo lipogenesis when fructose is metabolized.

According to Maureen Storey, Ph.D., CFNAP director and a member of the study team, there are three types of HFCS products (HFCS-55, HFCS-42, and HFCS-90), but only HFCS-55 and HFCS-42 are commonly used as sweeteners. HFCS-90 is mainly used in the production of HFCS-55, but is seldom directly added to foods and beverages. The composition of HFCS-55 (55% fructose and 42% glucose) is very similar to that of sucrose (50% fructose and 50% glucose). HFCS-42 (42% fructose and 53% glucose) actually contains less fructose than sucrose does.

So in HFCS-55, it's fructose 55% to glucose 42%, that's almost one third more fructose compared to glucose.

HFCS-55 is used mainly in beverages, such as carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks; HFCS-42 is used to sweeten a wide variety of foods.

Here's more.

1 posted on 03/21/2009 3:32:09 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Methinks this is more about the rising cost of corn syrup (because of ethanol) than about being “natural.”


2 posted on 03/21/2009 3:35:18 PM PDT by ponygirl ("It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." -T. Jefferson)
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To: neverdem

remember what Michael the Archangel said: “You can never have too much sugar.”


3 posted on 03/21/2009 3:36:16 PM PDT by edcoil (Spring has sprung, the grass is riz'd, I wonder where the flowers is?)
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To: neverdem

Is it any surprise that so many people in this country are obese and that reported cases of diabetes are on the rise?


4 posted on 03/21/2009 3:38:33 PM PDT by frankiep (Ron Paul was right)
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5 posted on 03/21/2009 3:42:21 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: frankiep

Sugar consumption is important but I happen to believe that the massive consumption of simple carbs (other than sugars) is the real culprit in the unprecedented proliferation of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, and btw, heart disease.


6 posted on 03/21/2009 3:46:42 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6

Just direct me to the Coca-Cola made with sugar instead of corn syrup.


7 posted on 03/21/2009 3:49:05 PM PDT by RandyGH (Democrats--So far left they've left America)
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To: neverdem

Heck — they used to advertise their sugar content — brag about it. Remember “Sugar Jets” cereal? How about “Sugar Frosted Flakes”? Or Post Sugar Crisp?


8 posted on 03/21/2009 3:49:50 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: neverdem

Next, I’d like to see more honesty in the ingredients. I can’t believe they can get away with “dehydrated cane juice” for sugar.


9 posted on 03/21/2009 3:51:48 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Obamanomics="Trickle-up Poverty")
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To: Migraine

“Corn Pops” used to be “Sugar Pops”.


10 posted on 03/21/2009 3:52:41 PM PDT by wolfpat (Revolt, and re-establish the Constitution as the law of the land!)
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To: neverdem

For years Coke has used high-fructose corn syrup in the USA while Coke in Canada (only 5 or 6 miles from where I live) has used real sugar. The difference in taste is remarkable. Corn syrup may be sweet and no more calories than sugar, but sugar beats it hands down for actual taste.


11 posted on 03/21/2009 3:53:47 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (To stand up for Capitalism is to hope Obama fails.)
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To: neverdem

I can tell you that real sugar tastes better.

I was in Bangladesh and thirsty, keep in mind, the chances of getting a civilized, properly chilled beverage decreases exponentially the further you get away from the USA. I had the choice of warm brominated water out of my canteen or warm Coca Cola from a little shack beside the road. I chose the Coke, really regretting that I was probably 100 miles away from the nearest safe cube of ice. I popped the top and took a swig, immediately, I flashed back to my childhood and how much I loved Coke back then. Even luke warm, it was awsome. It hit me later that it was made with sugar not corn syrup.

I don’t drink regular pop stateside, it just tastes nasty. I may have to look into these products.


12 posted on 03/21/2009 3:54:22 PM PDT by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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To: RandyGH

Look for Mexican Coca Cola or the Coke formulated for Jewish passover. I believe both have sucrose instead of HFCS.


13 posted on 03/21/2009 3:57:47 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: wolfpat
“Corn Pops” used to be “Sugar Pops”.

Yep.

14 posted on 03/21/2009 4:00:19 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: neverdem

I’m glad to see this. As a diabetic, I’m an old hand at reading labels for the nutrition info, but was surprised to see some of the ingredients in foods that I thought were OK. For example, there’s HFCS in Campbell’s tomato soup and in Kraft fat-free salad dressings. Jeez.

Personally, I’d rather have the sugar. I know how to deal with that. I’m not thrilled about having a bunch of chemicals in foods that, as far as I can tell, don’t need them. Tomatoes, water, maybe some salt, garlic, and sugar; that should be it for tomato soup. Who knows what havoc all these chemicals are playing with our body over years of use?


15 posted on 03/21/2009 4:00:59 PM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: wolfpat
I always get a kick out of "soybean and/or cottonseed oil".
You would think they know what they put in it one way or the other.
16 posted on 03/21/2009 4:01:24 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Obama is not my president until we see his birth certificate. A real one.)
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To: AGreatPer

Well, it is made in the USA and/or imported, so who the hell knows? :))


17 posted on 03/21/2009 4:03:10 PM PDT by WildcatClan (Iam fimus mos ledo ventus apparatus)
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They sell Mexican cane sugar coke in socal Costco’s.


18 posted on 03/21/2009 4:04:47 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: Beelzebubba
Dehydrated cane juice is not (quite!) the same thing as refined sugar.

Same base component but processed differently. Sort of like the difference between rolled oats and pinhead oats.

19 posted on 03/21/2009 4:06:03 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When you're spinning round, things come undone. Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun!)
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To: neverdem

I am certainly glad to see this since I am allergic to corn in any form. Shopping for corn free products takes a lot of time.


20 posted on 03/21/2009 4:08:04 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: neverdem

I found out I’m allergic to corn so had to cut out all corn products. I’m almost 50 and I weigh the same now as I did at 16. I dropped down from 192 to 152 and I’m 6’1” (and ripped). I can drink as much beer (no corn) and eat as much bacon / steak as I want without gaining an ounce.


21 posted on 03/21/2009 4:11:52 PM PDT by uncommonsense
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To: catbertz

Costco’s in AZ have the Mexican coke also — the taste is vastly superior to the Coke they sell us here


22 posted on 03/21/2009 4:11:54 PM PDT by webschooner
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To: neverdem

Well, the “fad” of HFCS to replace sugar has nearly wiped out the cane sugar industry in the US. The false information and “latest craze” mentality has nearly wiped out sugar in Hawaii, except for a fraction of previous production. Most cane sugar producers in Hawaii were in business for over 100 years. Florida will soon see the end of cane sugar production.


23 posted on 03/21/2009 4:13:06 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: webschooner

NorCal Costcos also sell Mexican Coke. We enjoy it on special occasions.


24 posted on 03/21/2009 4:17:01 PM PDT by BigBobber
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To: uncommonsense

I am allergic to corn too, but I haven’t had the drop in weight that you have.


25 posted on 03/21/2009 4:18:48 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: radiohead

I just discovered HFCS in tomato soup the other day. I guess I’ll have to start making my own.


26 posted on 03/21/2009 4:20:20 PM PDT by gattaca (Great things can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit. Ronald Reagan)
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To: ponygirl

Yeah, I thought a lot had to do with the protectionism with sugar.


27 posted on 03/21/2009 4:22:50 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: neverdem

Pepsi Natural? Pepsi with real sugar??? YEA!!!!!!

I’m a Pepsi-holic but with sugar, NOT that crappy high fructose corn crap. And I for one will be very very very happy to buy my first can of Pepsi Natural.

Every once in a while husband surprises me with a bottle of real Pepsi made with sugar that he get’s at a store that stocks Pepsi from Mexico. I Love it!!

I tell him all the time that when I drink the crappy high fructose corn syrup kind that I feel like a heifer being fattened up for slotter.

Another strange thing. The high fructose corn syrup Pepsi hurts my kidneys but the Pepsi made with sugar doesn’t. I don’t know why that is, but it is.


28 posted on 03/21/2009 4:40:09 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/music/Gloria+Jane/Assorted+Singles)
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To: RandyGH

Try your local Mexican market. A 12-ounce bottle (glass, not plastic!) runs me $1.50. It’s a treat, not an everyday drink, at those prices. Though not as tasty, I now drink Jones Soda, because I just can’t stomach the aftertaste of corn syrup any longer. I also stopped buying Pepsi when they went with the Hussein logo.


29 posted on 03/21/2009 4:45:52 PM PDT by Longhair_and_Leather (The new presidential mantra--"Obama let babies die")
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To: gattaca

Do a keyword search on soup.....


30 posted on 03/21/2009 4:48:01 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: traderrob6
Sugar consumption is important

Why do you say that, a lot of people do. Unless you do aerobic exercise all day (or unless you mean economically) I think people are addicted to an unnecessary substance.

I happen to believe that the massive consumption of simple carbs (other than sugars) is the real culprit in the unprecedented proliferation of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, and btw, heart disease.

I agree, and don't forget the biggie...obesity. It is the cause of many chronic conditions and circulatory ailments.

Americans are fatter than most on the planet, and I believe it is their sugar habit that causes it...not fatty foods.

31 posted on 03/21/2009 4:54:25 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs...nothing more than Bald Haired Hippies!)
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To: RandyGH
Just direct me to the Coca-Cola made with sugar instead of corn syrup.

If they go back to real sugar I might try one now and then.
There is no comparison in flavor between real sugar and corn syrup.
The powerful corn lobby, through its huge kickbacks to politicians, has kept cheaper and more flavorful imported sugar out of the USA for years.

32 posted on 03/21/2009 4:55:04 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: RandyGH
Just direct me to the Coca-Cola made with sugar instead of corn syrup.

You'll have to wait in line behind my teenage son. He had Coke in Mexico a few years ago and has missed it ever since.I'd go out of my way to buy products with real sugar than HFCS.

33 posted on 03/21/2009 5:00:13 PM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: BuffaloJack

Actually, the body cannot break down high fructose corn syrup...thus the unadvertised problem of insulin dependency. The body can break down sugar. I avoid anything with high fructose corn syrup and look for the sugar.


34 posted on 03/21/2009 5:12:03 PM PDT by jcmfreedom
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To: neverdem; All

traderrob6 said:

“Sugar consumption is important but I happen to believe that the massive consumption of simple carbs (other than sugars) is the real culprit in the unprecedented proliferation of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, and btw, heart disease.”

I am not convinced, and am more inclined to suspect HFCS, at least in the huge increase in Diabetes.

I don’t think Americans are consuming more carbs that convert so easily to sugars - like potatoes, or rice - than they did 100 years ago.

And, is there any study that looked at the 5% greater portion of fructose in HFCS, compounded by the massive degree with which HFCS permeates the food industry, and asked about how the increased rate and dosage of the metabolization of that may, possibly, have adverse long term consequences.

My lifetime family anecdotal evidence says my great-grandparents, grand-parents and parents generations all ate mostly “regular” sugar (and lots of potatoes, rice and other starches), had more dental problems than most people do today, but with whom diabetes was very rare - with none anywhere in our family tree until my generation - the HFCS generation.

I know mere correlation is not causation.

But, one thing correlation can suggest - is there statistical evidence that suggests an area of research is needed? I think research is needed.

I think one could take a twenty year study of a group like the Amish (who consume but a fraction of HFCS) and a equal number of “average” American families; find a way to factor in/out for “carb” consumption; look at the rates of Diabetes between the two groups; and, if correlation looks like it is pointing to causation then expand the research into the full metabolic processes that actually take place in the body when glucose and fructose are extracted and broken down from HFCS sources vs from natural sources - is there in fact a difference? Is there something about the delivery vehicle itself - HFCS vs “natural” sugar - that affects that rate?

I don’t think those studies have been done.


35 posted on 03/21/2009 5:14:59 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: ponygirl
Methinks this is more about the rising cost of corn syrup (because of ethanol) than about being “natural.”

That, and we're setting the stage to prop up Cuba by buying massive amounts of sugar from them.

36 posted on 03/21/2009 5:15:07 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 61 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: Longhair_and_Leather

Thanks for the tip.


37 posted on 03/21/2009 5:17:00 PM PDT by RandyGH (Democrats--So far left they've left America)
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To: RandyGH
You've picked the right time of the year to ask your question. Look for grocery stores in heavily Jewish neighborhoods, and ask for the 'Kosher for Passover' soft drinks.

Available for only a limited time.

38 posted on 03/21/2009 5:19:57 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Kieri

Isn’t it amazing that in the home of Coke we are provided with an inferior product? The only proper use for corn is Jack Daniel’s.


39 posted on 03/21/2009 5:26:03 PM PDT by RandyGH (Democrats--So far left they've left America)
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To: BuffaloJack

Corn syrup is a fraction of the sweetness of sucrose sugar. So to get something sweet we eat or drink many times the amount of corn syrup than we would of sugar. “High fructose corn syrup” is high on calories but low on sweetness.


40 posted on 03/21/2009 5:29:01 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: neverdem

Read the labels — not only is HFCS in soft drinks and soups, salad dressings and ketchup, but in such innocuous things as bread and saltine crackers! READ THE LABEL. It’s in almost everything we eat! There is no wonder in my mind, given HFCS and the various forms of MSG, as to why there’s an obesity problem in the world.


41 posted on 03/21/2009 5:34:02 PM PDT by angeliquemb9
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To: Wuli

About the Amish ...

I hate to tell you, but I work in a restaurant here in Amish country and they like sweets and fried foods as well or better than anybody. If we see a big group of Amish coming in we start frying double portions of chicken strips because that’s what they like best at our place.

You do see overweight Amish folks but fewer of them.

A big factor in health is exercise, and many (not all) Amish are more active than most of us English.


42 posted on 03/21/2009 5:34:57 PM PDT by Cloverfarm
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To: jcmfreedom

“Actually, the body cannot break down high fructose corn syrup...”

Well, in researching your statement, I got an education.

Yes, the body does “break down” HFCS; but bot by way of digestion - by the liver directly.

“HFCS is metabolized dfferently than sugar, and it is very stressful to the pancreas.....Corn syrup is made from corn starch and it bypasses digestion going directly to the liver where enzymes are released telling the body to store fat. This can elevate triglycerides and LDL ( bad cholesterol). It is known that HFCS does not stimulate insulin, so you do not feel full. You may also lose chromium, needed to protect you from developing Type 2 Diabetes.”
from: http://www.leaflady.org/fructose.htm

Where that writer was pointing, possibly, in any HFCS vs diabetes debate, is it’s possible contribution to obesity coming from how it reacts with the liver functions; and many physicians today do point to some relationship between stored body fat - obesity - and diabetes.


43 posted on 03/21/2009 5:42:51 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Cloverfarm

“I hate to tell you, but I work in a restaurant here in Amish country and they like sweets and fried foods as well or better than anybody. If we see a big group of Amish coming in we start frying double portions of chicken strips because that’s what they like best at our place.”

Yes, I know all that.

But, as far as I know, you do not see much diabetes among the Amish, and the Amish don’t make and don’t use much HFCS in what they make or what they eat; because they mostly eat what they themselves make, using “natural” sugar.


44 posted on 03/21/2009 5:49:34 PM PDT by Wuli
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45 posted on 03/21/2009 5:51:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Thanks neverdem.
From the tomato sauce on a Pizza Hut pie called "The Natural," to the just-released soda Pepsi Natural, some of the biggest players in the American food business have started, in the last few months, replacing high-fructose corn syrup with old-fashioned sugar.
Tonight I went to the store and picked up Diet Coke with Splenda (not sure that's nationally available, Grand Rapids is a big test-market town) on special, 4 cases for $11. I had been getting low, and true to form three have vanished (hey! who's drinkin' my sodas? Oh, that's right, I live alone) since I sat down here. Also got 3 cases of Diet Right Black Cherry (also Splenda) for $10, but that's not yet cold. Diet Right is great stuff, but definitely (for some unknown reason) is, in my opinion, a drink best quaffed very cold.
46 posted on 03/21/2009 5:55:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: wolfpat

“Corn Pops” used to be “Sugar Pops.”

...and Captain Crunch and Honey Comb used to taste REALLY good. Had some recently and bleah!

working to stay sub-7!


47 posted on 03/21/2009 6:24:21 PM PDT by petro45acp (A government may create work, but only a free market creates jobs, careers, and growth!)
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To: RandyGH

“Just direct me to the Coca-Cola made with sugar instead of corn syrup.”

check your local kosher deli (if you can find one in your area). there is a version of coke specially made with sucrose to accommodate dietary restrictions on certain holidays.


48 posted on 03/21/2009 6:34:41 PM PDT by rightwinggoth
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To: GloriaJane

Pepsi Natural is being test marketed here, in my area. It was on ‘special’ four little retro bottles (I think maybe 16 ouncers). My 11 year old ‘wanted’ it (he tried it in the store...the four pack was $4.99 (expensive)...but he was being a good helper, and I promised him ‘something.’ So thinking I need my head examined, bought it, brought it home, in the fridge, chilled, poured...awesome!!! It dawned on me that you don’t need a huge drink of this...the small bottle was the perfect size. It was really good. I would buy it again (in a cheaper, plastic two litre please Pepsi people). There is a huge (or hugh and series) difference in the taste, fizzy texture, etc. It was a treat!!!


49 posted on 03/21/2009 6:37:54 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Obama Speeches--TeleprompterInChief--TIC Talk)
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To: RandyGH
Just direct me to the Coca-Cola made with sugar instead of corn syrup.

Strangely enough, if you want real Coca Cola made with cane sugar, what you need to find is a Mexican market that sells the south of the border made stuff.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041109/news_1b9mexcoke.html
50 posted on 03/21/2009 7:02:40 PM PDT by Phileleutherus Franciscus
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