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.
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.
According to Beverage Industry Magazine, Pepsi will be launching “Pepsi Throwback” and “Mountain Dew Throwback,” both of which contain sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. The logos, seen above, were found through a search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Electronic Search System by BevReview.com, which reports that the trademarks were filed on January 9, 2009.
Pepsi is suing an Atlanta distributor for distributing Mexican Pepsi, sweetened with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, in the U.S.
CBS says that they took a look at the research cited by the marketing campaign from the Corn Refiners Association — which features “people-in-the-know” rolling their eyes and scoffing at befuddled anti-corn-syrup zealots — and realized that “three were sponsored by groups that stand to profit from research that promotes HFCS. Two were never published so they’re funding sources are unclear. And one was sponsored by a Dutch foundation that represents the interests of the sugar industry.”
A new study says that sugar-substitute Splenda might be bad for you, killing “good” bacteria and preventing the absorption of prescription drugs. However, it just so happens that the study was paid for by the Sugar Association, who just so happen to hate Splenda with a deadly passion.
Label-conscious consumers are skipping over high-fructose corn syrup in favor of products sweetened with natural alternatives like cane sugar, honey, and fruit juice. Finding HFCS-free items takes work, but the Corn Refiners Association worries that consumers are increasingly up to the challenge. They recently launched a “major marketing campaign” to defend their chemical concoction. Are you paying any attention to the sweet brouhaha?
Traditionally, Pepsi contains fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial colourings, phosphoric acid, caffeine, citric acid and natural flavours.
What the hell? The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Corn Refiners Association (representing the producers of high-fructose corn syrup) actually agree on something. Both the CSPI and the CRA have sent a joint letter to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, objecting to a proposed tax that would only apply to soft drinks sweetened with HFCS. The CSPI and the CRA both agree, “the idea that high-fructose corn syrup is more harmful than sugar is an “urban myth.” [CSPI]
What, you ask, is “Passover Coke?” It’s Coke made with sugar. Yes, real sugar! Not corn syrup. From NPR:
One thing it doesn’t show is that it’s a good idea to cover up the rest of the phone in tape so you don’t get sugar in your keypad or elsewhere. Also, be gentle and patient. Press too hard and you could scratch the phone. — BEN POPKEN
We haven’t tried this, but if you’re sick of having a logo on your cell phone, you can try to remove it with sugar. Warning: You might mess up your phone. That being said, go for it. They don’t own you! From Instructables:
The key is to scratch of the logo without leaving and marks on the surface of the phone (in my case PDA). Sugar works perfectly.
If you eat the chipmunk fuel cum cereal called Fiber One and you’re diabetic, your life may be in danger. If you’re not diabetic, you might just be pissed. Curtis writes: