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Why Do Some Sodas Contain Corn Syrup but Others Sugar?


YumSugar Community member 21inSF recently wrote in with a burning question: why do sodas in Europe contain sugar, she asked, while in the US, they're made with high fructose corn syrup? To find out the answer,

In the 1980s, Coca-Cola USA made the switch from sugar to high fructose corn syrup, where it's the predominant soda sweetener found in the country today. But many other parts of the world, including Europe and Latin America, still employ cane sugar in their soft drinks.

There are a couple of reasons for this. In many countries, raw cane sugar is still less expensive to use in beverage manufacturing since pricey machinery is required to manufacture the type of high fructose corn syrup included in American sodas.

In the United States, the prices for making and processing high fructose corn syrup are actually less expensive than the current price for raw cane sugar, due to government subsidies paid to corn farmers and steep tariffs that limit sugar imports. Thus, high fructose corn syrup in America actually costs less than half the price of cane sugar.

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3 years 48 weeks
I was in Turkey in September, not just Coca Cola but also Fanta tastes way better there. They use beet sugar, not cane sugar in Europe.Unlike in the US, their Fanta contains a few percent orange juice also.That may be why it tastes so good.
4 years 3 weeks
In response to loveisblind: Yes, high fructose corn syrup thought to be a lot worse for you than pure sugar. It has been linked to cancer, greater risk of obesity, and increase in abdominal fat.
Amelie074 Amelie074 4 years 3 weeks
Regular Coke in Canada is made with cane sugar and it's incredible how much better it tastes! I stock up whenever I go to Vancouver.
snarkypants snarkypants 4 years 4 weeks
two words: corn lobby
loveisblind loveisblind 4 years 4 weeks
Hmm. That's interesting. Is High Fructose corn syrup worse than sugar, oz for oz?