Kosher Coke Is Once Again Here For Passover

Kosher Coke Is Once Again Here For Passover

Passover might not be starting until next week, but Coca Cola has already begun distributing 2-liter bottles of its kosher formula, which replaces high fructose corn syrup with sugar, to stores around the country. I know because I’ve got some chilling in the fridge. [More]

Food Companies Start Listening To Customers, Ditch High Fructose Corn Syrup

Food Companies Start Listening To Customers, Ditch High Fructose Corn Syrup

Do Americans feel strongly enough about high fructose corn syrup to seek out food without it? Will anyone go out of their way and pay extra to find soda or ketchup without the controversial corn-based sweetener? AdAge reports that some companies are removing it from their products, but have discovered that marketing the change without alienating consumers who weren’t aware of or simply don’t care about the presence of HFCS poses unique problems. [More]

Grocery Shrink Ray Strikes Store-Brand Sugar

Grocery Shrink Ray Strikes Store-Brand Sugar

The grocery shrink ray has struck bags of sugar in two different parts of the country. Bags that a rational consumer would assume contain five pounds of sugar–since they’ve contained five pounds of sugar for as long as most Americans can remember–now contain four pounds of sugar. Somehow, we don’t think that grocers are doing this as an effort to reduce Americans’ sugar consumption. [More]

Coke's 90-Calorie Can Will Still Have 5 Teaspoons Of Sugar

Coke's 90-Calorie Can Will Still Have 5 Teaspoons Of Sugar

As part of its ongoing efforts to “help consumers balance calories consumed with calories expended,” Coca-Cola plans to roll out a 90-calorie can later this year. The 7.5-ounce can will include about 5 1/2 teaspoons of sugar (or high-fructose corn syrup), and may sell for about 50 cents per can.

New Coke Labels Show How Many Empty Calories You're Drinking

New Coke Labels Show How Many Empty Calories You're Drinking

Coca-Cola is getting ready to roll out new labels that will prominently display the calorie count for each bottle or can. “Now more than ever, people expect facts about the products they consume to be both readily available and visible,” said CEO Muhtar Kent. What facts won’t be on those labels? Any information about where the calories come from, like, say, high fructose corn syrup, is relegated to its traditional spot in the Nutrition Facts box. But with most non-diet sodas, the math is pretty easy: If the label says 100 calories, that’s pretty much 100 calories of sugar or corn syrup.

Surprise! Frappuccinos And Coolatas Are Not Health Food

Surprise! Frappuccinos And Coolatas Are Not Health Food

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have just released the findings of a 2007 study on “blended coffee beverages” served by Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks. The conclusion: “Calories in blended coffee beverages are high … modifying standard formulations of blended coffee beverages, such as using low-fat milk or smaller serving sizes, would also reduce calorie content.” Um, yeah.

Hy-Vee Invites Customers To Fight Diabetes While Getting Diabetes

Hy-Vee Invites Customers To Fight Diabetes While Getting Diabetes

A reader sent us this great event that Hy-Vee, a midwestern grocery chain, recently held to fight diabetes. Unfortunately the benefit has already ended, but join them next weekend when they fight cirrhosis with dollar beers.

New York City's Anti-Soda Grossout

New York City's Anti-Soda Grossout

In the wake of New York State’s failed attempt to tax sugary sodas and juice drinks, the New York City Health Department has come out with a public service campaign to curb consumption the soft way: with the hard sell.

Cut Back On Sugar, Says American Heart Association

Cut Back On Sugar, Says American Heart Association

The American Heart Association says we’re eating way too much extra sugar, meaning sugar that doesn’t naturally occur in our foods. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons a day. By contrast, the average woman should eat no more than 6 teaspoons daily, while the average man, owing most likely to his increased awesomeness, should eat no more than 9 teaspoons a day. [Eats another teaspoon of sugar before resuming typing.]

Mercury: High-Fructose Corn Syrup's Secret Ingredient?

Mercury: High-Fructose Corn Syrup's Secret Ingredient?

First, we learn of a possible sugar shortage, now an article by Mother Jones finds that part of the production procedure for high-fructose corn syrup might involve contaminating it with mercury. Basically, today is the best day ever for the president of NutraSweet.

Food Companies Warn Of Impending Sugar Shortage, Misery, Doom

Food Companies Warn Of Impending Sugar Shortage, Misery, Doom

The food companies say we are on the brink of a sugar shortage that will wreak havoc on your candy bars and all that. According to the WSJ several large food companies including Kraft Foods Inc., General Mills Inc., Hershey Co. and Mars Inc. sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warning that the US could run out of sugar if we don’t get rid of some tariffs.

Circa 1960s Ad: Sugar Prevents Overeating

Circa 1960s Ad: Sugar Prevents Overeating

Last week, we wrote about how sugar isn’t any better than corn syrup when it comes to you health. But it turns out we were wrong. According to this old ad I just found, sugar is perfect for weight-watching: “That’s because sugar helps prevent you from overeating… with sugar in your diet, you’re happier with smaller portions of everything.”

Convert Your Favorite Snack Into Sugar Cubes

Convert Your Favorite Snack Into Sugar Cubes

This website displays photos of soft drinks, smoothies, candy, and even vegetables next to little piles of sugar cubes that represent the total sugar in them. This is a great service, because if you ever go into space you can simply use this site to pack a baggie full of an equivalent amount of cubes. Then you can enjoy your Space McFlurry without worrying about liquid contamination of the spacecraft.

Do Consumers Really Care About High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Do Consumers Really Care About High Fructose Corn Syrup?

We’ve been getting reports from readers that Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwback are showing up in stores. Heartening news since Passover Coke season is over. “The second ingredient (after water) is ‘Sugar’ not the dreaded HFCS. Oh, and it is delicious,” Wyatt in Minnesota told us.

Kosher Coke Continues Its Popularity Among Sugar Lovers

Kosher Coke Continues Its Popularity Among Sugar Lovers

Now that Pepsi has gotten the message that some people just prefer sugar-sweetened-soda, we’re wondering why Coke doesn’t offer it’s Kosher for Passover version all year round. It’s certainly popular with Coca-Cola aficionados of all religious persuasions.

Three New HFCS-Free Drinks From Pepsi

Three New HFCS-Free Drinks From Pepsi

We already told you about Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback — now there’s Pepsi Natural.

Passover Is Coming, And It's Your Chance To Buy Real Sugar Products

Passover Is Coming, And It's Your Chance To Buy Real Sugar Products

Passover is a holiday that has special meaning to everyone, regardless of faith, because it’s the time of year when some food and drink companies release products sweetened with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). If you want to stock up on real sugar Coca-cola or u-bet chocolate syrup (which I’ve never heard of, but John Hodgman seems to like), or if you just want to see whether you can really taste a difference between HFCS and cane or beet sugar, now’s your chance.

Snapple To Switch To Real Sugar Instead Of HFCS

Snapple To Switch To Real Sugar Instead Of HFCS

The beverage makers are jumping off HFCS like rats off a sinking ship these days. Snapple has announced that it will will eliminate HFCS from its recipes. In at least once case this will actually result in fewer calories.