Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sugar: Coming to a Soda Near You

Wait, but I thought it never left? Actually, for a long time, soda has been sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, which is a fancy name for another form of sugar manufactured from corn. HFCS has been a staple in the food and beverage industry for decades because corn is abundant and it's cheaper to use than sucrose from such sources as real cane sugar. There have been many studies published about the potential health risks of HFCS although the jury is still out on whether it's actually worse for you than table sugar.

In an interesting marketing move, Pepsico is "throwing back" to a time when the real stuff was used in their sodas by pumping out "Pepsi throwback" and "Mountain Dew throwback" for a limited time. These sodas will be sweetened with real cane sugar.

So, if you enjoy having 10.5 teaspoons of sugar in your soda, you might have just found yourself a more "natural" alternative to high fructose corn syrup!