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Mexican Coke Won't Get Rid Of Its Precious Cane Sugar...For Now

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Good news for lovers of Mexican Coca Cola, and those opt for MexiCoke in order to avoid corn during Passover. The company said that they will keep their original recipe South of the Border.

While Pepsi and Coca Cola switched their product to the high fructose corn syrup model here in the States in the 1980s, the factories in Mexico consistently made their glass bottled soda pops with cane sugar. Or at least higher ratios of sugar.

Says Associated Press

Arca Continental, the Mexican bottler in question, stressed that it has no plans to change the sweetener for the "Coca-Cola Nostalgia" bottles it exports to the U.S. Those will continue to use 100 percent cane sugar, it said. The company's CEO said last week that the bottler could consider using more fructose, but that was only for drinks distributed in Mexico... Notably, Arca already uses both sugar and high-fructose corn syrup to sweeten its drinks in Mexico. The ratio varies depending on the commodity prices, the company said in an email.

Surprisingly, Mexicans actually drink more soda than Americans. They also hold the record for being the world's biggest soda guzzlers as rated by Beverage Digest, drinking an average of 707 8-ounce servings per year. The Latin American country has also taken the lead as the country with the highest obesity rate, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.