Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mexican v american coke

There is so much to say about Mexican versus American Cokes, but in the end the nutritional value of either one is the least interesting.

Mexican Coke – Carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffeine.
American Coke – Carbonated water, high-fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, caffeine.
At 12oz, each has 39g of sugar. Whether you believe that HFCS is worse for you than sugar or not, the most important thing is that it's 39g of sugar. Even those who trivialize the percentage differences of glucose vs fructose, should know that 39g of any sugar is bad, and at the most inflated fructose numbers, you still only get 1-2g more fructose with HFCS than table sugar. Neither is a health food.

Why is it less expensive? It's imported!

Pepsi made a big deal out of it's Pepsi Throwback, but is Mexican Coke Coke's answer to the people who want natural sugar? Until recently, Mexican Coke was found only in Mexican restaurants, taco stands, and taco trucks. ...and BevMo. Now, it's all over the place. These pics are from a 7-11 or AM/PM, I think. I saw some in the grocery store the other day, too.


  1. I'm suprised it's in plastic bottles. All the Mexican Coke I've seen in Texas is in glass bottles.

  2. Passover is coming and Coke with sugar is kosher for Passover. Corn (being a grain) is not kosher for Passover and so things with corn syrup are out. You'll see it in ketchup too - sugar vs. cs at this time of year.

  3. Paula, the Mexican Cokes in the picture are in glass. They even have the metal pop off lids. You need a bottle opener to open them.

    Lisa, interesting about the kosher thing. I had no idea.


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