Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sugar in my soda...

Sugar in my soda…

I have always been a Pepsi girl. First, Coke is too fizzy. I remember watching my niece blowing into the top of a Coke can while I was visiting my brother and family. I laughed when I realized she was imitating me! I habitually attempted to blow off some of the excess carbonation in order to tolerate it.

Next, Coca Cola (in the U.S) is too bitter. Yet I noticed that last June, at the all-inclusive resort my friend and I stayed at, that even though all they had was Coke (not Pepsi), I didn't mind it. I thought it was that it was 'on tap' and therefore not as fizzy, and that they always stuffed a few lime wedges in the glass, changing the flavor.

Everyday I carry a tray of cooking supplies (and sometimes a Coke)
from my room to the kitchen.

Though Pepsi is available here in grocery stores, it is rarely found in restaurants and colmados (corner stores). Yet I drink Coke readily - still blowing off the steam before drinking, but not finding the taste bitter. Why? Well, most sodas bottled in the Caribbean (this Coke bottled right here in Dominican Republic) are made with sugar. What's the big deal, you ask? Check your label. It will not say sugar but corn syrup.

Because of more and more negative reports about corn syrup, I had been bothered by my personal addiction to sweet, carbonated, cold caffeine.

Of course the sugar/corn syrup issue doesn't explain why I liked Pepsi. In the States it too is made with corn syrup. So it's a secret recipe issue.

Last year PepsiCo tested a "Pepsi Throwback" in a small test market to great results. The throwback aspect had to do with making it the "old fashioned way." Any guesses? Yep. Sugar! I waited and waited and waited for them to release it nationwide - excited that sugar could somehow be justified in my mind as healthy! (Okay, healthier...)

It showed up in my Walgreens store the day before I moved to the Dominican Republic. No problem, the Pepsi here is made with sugar also.

A few interesting links on the case against corn syrup:

The Death of High Fructose Corn Syrup,

A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain;

Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury;

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  1. This is very interesting. I stopped drinking most carbonated soft drinks several years ago--mostly because of my age and desire for good bone health. I was quite addicted to coke and drank several cans of it a day.

    My son works for a pharmaceutical firm and did a study on osteoporosis. He not only wanted me to use coral calcium, but to stop drinking soda--it leaches the calcium right out of our bones. I stopped right then due to my age and NO HORMONES anymore. My bone health stays excellent.

    Corn syrup is nasty--glad that you sent this info. I don't use coral calcium, but a blend of chelated calcium, mangnesium and zinc--500 mg 3 times a day.


  2. I see you have everything you need for a great meal. Salt, black pepper, red pepper, Coke and CARRY OUT!


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