Pepsi Considering Ditching High Fructose Corn Syrup

Last modified on February 19th, 2009

This is actually a pretty big deal. Most people don’t realize it, but North America is one of the few places in the world that uses high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to sweeten drinks and other items. Most other places in the world use pure glucose, which is the main sugar our bodies are built to run on. Fructose is far sweeter than glucose so you can use less of it to sweeten a product. High fructose corn syrup is typically composed of around 55% fructose and another 45% glucose. If you order a coca cola in the Caribbean, you’ll notice that is has a very different (and far more enjoyable IMO) taste that here in North America — that’s because they still use glucose to sweeten it.

It was once believed that the affects of fructose on the body were relatively minor – fructose only has a marginal impact on blood sugar levels, while glucose directly influences blood sugar and insulin. Current research is starting to reveal just how bad it is for the body though, especially when coupled with glucose.

Without getting into too much detail, the fructose in high-fructose corn syrup effectively causes a traffic jam in the liver. Coupled with glucose, the results are rather dramatic, and the body has a hard time controlling blood sugar levels.


That’s why it’s good news that Pepsi is about to start trials for some of the their drinks without HFCS. Given that the research community is about to start pressing hard against additives such as HFCS, I suspect Pepsi is preparing for a little pro-active damage control. Whatever the reasons though, I’m definitely glad that these companies are at least considering ditching HFCS in their products.

6 responses to “Pepsi Considering Ditching High Fructose Corn Syrup”

  1. Beth says:

    This is really good news! I mean, people probably shouldn’t be drinking as much pop as they do, but I doubt they are going to stop so it would definitely be a lot better without the HFCS. I’m a Diet Pepsi girl myself, so it won’t matter to me personally, but for the health of the population, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

  2. Kimm says:

    People drink to much pop these days. Hopefully this will help.

    My friends and I did a taste test of different coke a colas one day, from here, toronto, detroit and two places in indiana and you can tell each can of coke had a different taste. We guess its the water but who knows.

  3. Duane Storey says:

    Hmm, I doubt it will change people’s pop drinking habits, but at least the pop they do drink will be slightly better for them.

  4. Jeff says:

    I rarely drink soda, however, when I do I prefer Coca-Cola from Mexico. Here in Southern California you can find them at many local markets and the Mexican-variety uses only sugar from sugar-cane.

    …drinking one now as a matter of fact.


  5. Raul says:

    I’m with Jeff – I also try to drink Coca-Cola from Mexico, which uses sugar from sugar cane.

    Hey Jeff, I might be moving down to Southern California, so maybe I could contact you some way?

  6. VancityAllie says:

    I am really, really excited about this move. I’d like to see this happen in all soft drinks and candies.

    Corn syrup actually makes me react really strange (whether it is allergies or the levels of sugar, I don’t know).. but I’ve had to avoid corn syrup altogether in the past couple years of my life.

    I pretty much exclusively drink cane sugar cola now whenever I drink soft drinks… and it tastes SO much better.

    Jones’ Cola, Boyland’s Cola.. mmm!

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