Mexican Coke: A Myth?

Mexican Coke: A Myth?
Bob With

Apparently, Mexican Coke isn't it.

A collective shudder swept through diehard foodies everywhere last week, when Time Magazine and The Atlantic, among others, reported a new study in the journal Obesity that may have inadvertantly proven Mexican Coke to be no more than a myth.

While Coca-Cola (as well as Pepsi and Sprite) indicate their main sweetening ingredient is high fructose corn syrup, Mexican Coca-Cola's label lists simply sugar: a difference which has given rise to a cult of fascination that includes fan sites and Facebook pages, alike. But lab analysis of Mexican Coke found levels of sucrose (table sugar), fructose and glucose nearly indistinguishable from its American counterpart.

Take heart, food snobs. There's some speculation that the sucrose may have split into its constituents, fructose and glucose, before testing. And that the samples analyzed were not large enough to be statistically reliable. Many fans are also countering that all this sweetener stuff is irrelevant, and that it's actually Mexican Coke's lower level of carbonation that's key.

So maybe you don't have to unlike that Facebook fan page just quite yet.


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