Tuesday, August 07, 2007

HFCS & Mexican Cokes (TM)

The West Side of South Bend--We have a regional supermarket chain here in Michiana called "Martin's," and it's not too-bad either, with all-kinds of foods from other cultures. A couple-years-ago, some genius--and I mean it--got Mexican Cokes (TM) in. The bottles were really tiny, but they were glass and I bought a couple. The taste literally rocketed me back to a pre-1980s bliss: this was the way Cokes tasted, the real taste as I remembered it as a kid. I used to think that it was just my taste-buds changing, a part of growing to adulthood, but I was wrong (as usual)!

This is the problem with American Cokes, and most of our food and beverages--corn syrup. The Mexican-version uses cane sugar, not that garbage. My guess is that it's part of our farm subsides, and that a certain percentage of what's out there has to contain it to justify the programs. It's a shame, because I know friends with children who have an allergy to anything with corn in it, and some smaller soda-brewers have been picking-up the slack by offering cane sugar (sucrose) drinks. Fructose is about profits, not the public's right to good health and nutrition. It's about the bottom-line and "dazzling profits." It sure ain't about what the public wants or needs.

Fructose is absorbed primarily in the jejunum before metabolism in the liver. Fructose is converted to fatty acids by the liver at a greater rate than is glucose.14 When consumed in excess of dietary glucose, the liver cannot convert all of the excess fructose in the system and it may be malabsorbed. The portion that escapes conversion may be thrown out in the urine. Diarrhea can be a consequence.19 A study of 25 patients with functional bowel disease showed that pronounced gastrointestinal distress may be provoked by malabsorption of small amounts of fructose. ... (Weston A. Price Foundation, 02.19.2004)

An old Australian mate (heya Adam!) pointed-out that corn syrup could have been part of why he developed irritable-bowel syndrome, and it's worth consideration. My take was--and is--that he already had a pre-existing condition that was exacerbated by HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). Forget flavor, corn syrup could be making us all sick (and obese)!

Our little Martin's supermarket had the Mexican Cokes for about six-weeks, then they were suddenly pulled. I'd wager it was the local Coca Cola (TM) bottling plant that stopped them carrying them, probably something to do with only so many licenses in one region. But for those six-weeks, it was great! I've had the drink from a soda fountain here in rural Indiana, and it was the same. Some have said that because of over-centralization, most American plants cannot physically process granulated sugar anymore. Perhaps the problem is centralization? Quality becomes difficult after that. Why Coca Cola doesn't try to tap-into the market is really beyond me. Why not sell it as "Vintage Coke"? Sorry, I used logic there for-a-minute.

Weston A. Price foundation on HFCS, 2004: http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/highfructose.html