Sep 11, 2023
Rishi Sunak at G20 Summit
“Stronger together. Stronger united. Thank you Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a historic G20 and the Indian people for such a warm welcome,” British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wrote on X (formerly Twitter) as he left for the UK on the last day of the G20 Summit.
The youngest UK PM in over 200 years is also a fitness freak at heart. However, there is a cheat drink in his diet.
Sunak’s cheat drink
In a 2021 podcast, the UK PM revealed that his cheat drink is Mexican Coke – Coca-Cola produced in and imported from Mexico.
Why is it special?
“It’s special Coke,” Sunak explained on the podcast. “It’s the only place in the world where Coke is made with cane sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup.”
What is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)?
High-fructose corn syrup, also known as glucose–fructose, is a sweetener made from corn starch.
Health risks of HFCS
Researchers have shown associations between drinking beverages sweetened with HFCS can increase blood pressure and some risk factors for heart disease.
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What is cane sugar?
Cane sugar is a category of sugar that is made exclusively from sugar cane, as opposed to sugar products that are made from sugar beets or other sources.
Cane sugar vs high fructose corn syrup
There is no clear conclusion yet that HFCS is any worse than other added sugars.
Is cane sugar healthier?
According to health columnist Jane Brody of the New York Times, “When it comes to calories and weight gain, it makes no difference if the sweetener was derived from corn, sugar cane, beets or fruit juice concentrate.”
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