If you read through some of the posts on here, you’ll see that getting rid of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a big issue for me. It’s also a big issue for all of Louisiana since the other option is a return to sugar. Sugar was the primary beverage sweetener before 1984 when Coke and Pepsi switched to the cheaper (government subsidized) HFCS.
HFCS is an artificial sweetener created by chemically altering regular corn syrup (like the Karo syrup you make desserts out of) to put it into a form that is several times sweeter and alien to our bodies. Aside from tasting horrid and actually MAKING you thirsty, HFCS plays havoc on many systems of the body.
Since its introduction three main things have happened: rates of diabetes have risen exponentially each year; obesity has risen substantially, especially among children; and the demand for sugar has dramatically fallen.
Getting rid of HFCS products does two main things for Louisiana: it lowers the tax burden we all have for paying for healthcare for all of these diabetic and obese people, AND it greatly improves our agricultural economy.
Where does corn syrup come from? Iowa.
Where does sugar come from? Louisiana.
Pepsi has just introduced two “new” (actually old) products: Pepsi throwback and Mountain Dew throwback. They are back to the good old sugar sweetened formulas. No HFCS.
Also if you like rootbeer and fruity beverages, Walgreens offers Deerfield Farms sugar-sweetened sodas. They are a glass bottled store brand available in the cold section of any Walreens.
So support your state, go out and drink a Throwback and then call up your local grocer, Pepsi distributor, or convenient store and tell them you want more products with sugar and fewer with HFCS!
Update: Yay I finally found the dew!
BTW – Everyone Please make sure you call the local Pepsi office and let them know you want this product (or it will go away) and that you want more like it:
Pepsi of Alexandria
And tell your grocer:
Super 1 Foods – Alexandria (318) 445-4014
Super 1 Foods – Kingsville (318) 641-7131
Super 1 Foods – 28 East (318) 442-6950
Mac’s Fresh Market – Jackson St. (318) 442-2797
Mac’s Fresh Market – 28 East (318) 442-5911
Mac’s Fresh Market – Tioga (318) 640-4819
Albertson’s – Alexandria (318) 442-5364
Ball Foods (IGA in Ball) (318) 640-4651
Kroger – Alexandria (318) 442-0512