Mexican Coke Might Not Actually Be Different from Regular Coke

Are you one of those Coca-Cola snobs, who will only drink Mexican Coke because it's made with cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup? (I am.) You may be the victim of the biggest food cover-up in years!

Well, "cover-up" may be strong, since Coke has neither confirmed nor denied that Mexican bottlers use cane sugar. But according to Time, a recent study that analyzed sodas found that Mexican Coke doesn't seem to contain the compound you find in cane sugar—sucrose. Instead, the bottles seemed to contain glucose and fructose, which show up in high-fructose corn syrup.

Does this mean we've all been lied to by our cool older cousins who told us about Mexican Coke? Luckily for those of us who've staked our reputations on our Coke snobbery, there may be a possible explanation for the lack of sucrose in Mexican Coke—namely, that the bottles were old and the sucrose had split into the other two compounds. (The researchers also said they didn't analyze enough bottles to come to a firm conclusion.) So, yes, you can continue clinging to your feeling of superiority thanks to your discerning taste in the most popular commercial beverage on the planet. I know I will!

(We're also eagerly awaiting, of course, the results on Passover Coke.)

[Time; image via bradleygee's Flickr]