An explanation to the letter writer upset to see Mexican Coca-Cola in an Aiken cafe (“Mexican soda unexpected,” June 4):
Many consumers are thrilled to find these sodas from Mexico in our local stores and restaurants because it is still made with real sugar, not the high-fructose corn syrup that has become so pervasive in the American diet.
When the Food and Drug Administration approved the commercial use of HFCS instead of natural sugar back in the early 1980s, it was a cost-saving measure for manufacturers. Many doctors and nutritionists believe, however, that this opened a Pandora’s box of metabolism challenges and intolerances.
As one who has been living with fructose intolerance for a year now, I can assure the writer that finding a pre-packaged product made without HFCS is rare, and on the part of the restaurant owner, a thoughtful and health-conscious gesture (as if sodas were “healthy” in the
(The writer co-anchors the weekday afternoon and evening newscasts for TV station WJBF.)