Mexican soda welcomed

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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.)

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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 06/12/13 - 08:09 am
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Someone needs to have the mettle

to tell Iowa voters that corn subsidies must end. It would only be fair practice, and it would go far towards reducing the illegal immigration problem, because Mexican agriculture would be competitive again. As for energy policy, there are plenty of better ideas than subsidized ethanol production, and at this point, practically everyone knows it.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/12/13 - 10:24 am
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Misinformation

There is so much wrong in this letter it is hard to know where to begin. First, Ms. Montgomery tells us that refined cane sugar is “real,” with the intended inference that refined corn sugar must therefore be “fake.”

Sorry folks, but I must burst the bubble about corn sugar. Sure, there are small differences in the sugar molecules, but the “business end” is the same in all the “ose” molecules. Glucose, fructose, sucrose and a host of others are all metabolized the same in your body. They all require insulin.

If Ms. Montgomery is fructose intolerant, I sympathize with any problems she has. Ms. Montgomery, can you eat sweet Edgefield and Trenton peaches? If not, I sympathize. Can you eat sweet North Augusta strawberries? If not, I sympathize. Can you eat sweet Burke County blueberries? If not, I sympathize. They are all sweetened with fructose, and they are all natural, all “real.”.

Darby
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Darby 06/12/13 - 04:03 pm
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"Someone needs to have the mettle

to tell Iowa voters that corn subsidies must end."

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Just a word on the lighter side, why not be "politically" correct and say that someone needs to have the cojones.

After all, isn't English a dying language?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/12/13 - 04:22 pm
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Or they need to have

..."los huevos." :)

newmooncafe
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newmooncafe 06/12/13 - 07:59 pm
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Mexi-Cokes

I believe that the cafe in Aiken referenced is possibly New Moon Cafe. If that is the case, then Jennie is correct (thanks Jennie!) we stock that item because many of our customers enjoy cane sugar cola. I am no nutritionist and cannot speak to the science of metabolizing sugars, but I can say that the cane sugar cola tastes markedly different from the HFCS variety.
I really hate that Mr. Ingraham got the wrong impression, as I am very dedicated to keeping our offerings as local as possible. We will alter the signage to keep it from happening again!
Christine @ New Moon

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 06/12/13 - 09:10 pm
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From experience

A rum and coke (a la mexicana) is much better.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 06/12/13 - 10:02 pm
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Refreshing

A retailer selling what consumers think tastes good instead of pushing pseudo science. Thanks Christine@ New Moon, Hope what you're doing catches on.

specialist
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specialist 06/12/13 - 10:30 pm
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Mexican Coke

Do not believe the sweetener poses any problem. I would be more concerned with the water that they use in Mexico. Ever heard o Monizumas revenge? They are as bad as China for adding ingredients that are not up to our standards.

KSL
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KSL 06/12/13 - 11:24 pm
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Red wine works very well to

Red wine works very well to counteract Montezuma's revenge.

I seriously doubt the Coca Cola Company would bottle and sell an unsafe product. You can't be serious.

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