What's in a "Mexican" Coke?

Prairie Gleanings

A lot of folks believe Coke imported from Mexico is sweetened with sugar. Is it?

Published on: December 14, 2010


Perusing the aisles for a bottle of taco sauce at the local Schnucks, I came across this. It’s a bottle of “Mexican” Coke.

While researching the articles on high fructose corn syrup, one source told me a lot of folks are drawn to Coke imported from Mexico because they are under the impression that it contains “real sugar.” Thus, it’s "the Coke they grew up with."

Funny thing about that Mexican Coke. Can you see the little white label pasted onto the side of the bottle? That’s a nutrition label, written in English.

Now, I’m not fluent in Spanish, but nowhere else on that bottle is there any indication of the ingredients. There is a brief bit that denotes it’s a product of the Coca-Cola company, but that’s it. No nutritional info in Spanish.

The English label indicates sugar is the sweetener. However, is that true?

According to my source, Mexico is notoriously lax when it comes to food label laws. Most folks assume the country uses sugar as a sweetener in their beverages. However, that may not always be the case.

Therefore, if you’re drinking Mexican Coke because it has that all-natural sugar taste you remember, I hate to break it to you, but that may or may not be true. And, no, you won’t be able to tell from the taste. It very well could be sweetened with HFCS...GASP!

Perhaps you could take it into the lab to verify its contents, but that’s getting pretty expensive, especially considering you already paid about $1 per 12.0039781-ounce (355 mL) bottle.

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