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Aug 3, 2008 01:38 AM

Where to find Coke with sugar, not HFC

I am a little freaked out by the stories I have read recently about a direct correlation between the obesity epidemic in the US and the introduction of sodas with high fructose corn syrup. I am wondering if there are any stores in the lower Westchester area (a mexican market perhaps?) that sell Coke with sugar. I know a lot of the small label premium sodas use sugar, and my son mostly drinks Izzies and Italian Orangiatas when he wants a soda, but I would like to be able to find Coke for the times he really wants one.

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  1. I can't direct you to a specifc spot, but many hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants sell Mexican Coke.

    Or maybe you just need to drive down to Tecate (easier than Tijuana) and load up with all the sugar Coke you can transport.

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    1. re: BeenThereAteThat

      Agree with the hole in wall mexican places. Try a taqueria and see if they are selling mexican coke. I don't ever drink coke, so I can't recommend a place, unfortunately, but my guess is probably half will sell the real mexican stuff bottled in mexico.

    2. As a general rule, the only time you can find Coke made with real sugar is around Passover. HFCS is not Kosher for Passover, so Coke obliges by making a small batch with real sugar during the weeks before. It is a limited supply, so it is not available year round.

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      1. re: jerseydiner

        Actually, I do know that, and the Cokes that are made with sugar generally have a different colored bottle top, but this year, all I could find with that different colored top was Diet Coke. Maybe I need to go to a store closer to a synagogue!

      2. Just out of curiosity, does the Coke with sugar have fewer calories than the Coke with HFC? Otherwise, I would there's no difference in terms of the impact on obesity.

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        1. re: LloydG

          The calories should be the same, but fructose is metabolized differently. It does not stimulate insulin, which sounds good, but in the long run is believed to contribute to insulin tolerance...diabetes. Its also metabolized in the liver, which affects metabolism of lipids and cholesterol. Of course its best to not drink sodas...the occasional one won't hurt. But if one absolutely had to have non-diet sodas, sucrose would be a relatively better sweetener.

          1. re: LloydG

            It's not the calories, it's how they're metabolized. has a very interesting article on this.

            1. re: roxlet

              Agreed, how our food is processed affects how our bodies process the food.

              Agro-business lobbies for subsidized corn and we end up with HFC as an ubiquitous ingredient. Organic food for which we now pay a premium is the "normal" food my parents ate on a day to day basis. There were no pesticides, bovine spongiform disease, antibiotic resistant salmonella, high fructose corn syrup, soy beans with Monsanto genes. Food was natural, grown on farms, local. People, not corporations with armies of illegal immigrants, made a living by farming. That kind of produce is now considered a yuppy luxury which is sad commentary on the state of our food system.

              All so we can have $0.99 hamburger with chlorinated/irradiated meat filler at MacDonalds and corporate farms can make billions.

          2. We can buy a product called Jones Soda that is made out of cane sugar.

            But if you're worried about calories (as well we all should be) you really need to skip the soda and drink water. Sad, but true.

            1. It's not Westchester, but I got some at the Foodmart International on Rt 59 in Spring Valley, in Rockland. They had Sprite and Fresca with real sugar too.