In the 1980s, most major soda producers (and many food manufacturers)Â switched from using sugar as a sweetener to using high fructose corn syrup because it was both sweeter and cheaper than sugar. Due to the rising price of corn syrup, as well as increased consumer demand -Â primarily in the name of health -Â for sugar sweetened drinks,Â some manufacturers are considering a switch back to sugar. Others, like Jones Soda, have already done so.
As consumers, we don’t always have a choice when price is an issue, but let’s assume for a moment that all of our favorite drinks switch to sugar. Is this a good thing? If youÂ have ever gone out to pick upÂ extra packs of (kosher) Coke during Passover, when the sugar-sweetened version is put in stores, your answer is probably yes. But if you don’t like the taste of the version made with sugar, the possibility of a switch is less appealing.