After the last few months of seeing Walmart and Target accept Safer Chemical’s Mind The Store challenge to remove key toxins from many of the health and beauty products they carry, and after Walmart’s commitment to remove trans fats from all the food they carry by 2015, I was particularly discouraged this week when it was announced that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) will be replacing cane sugar in Mexican Coca-Cola. For many years, hipsters and health freaks such as myself (although I don’t actually drink soft drinks) have sought out Coke manufactured in Mexico because it was sweetened by cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup as it is in the U.S. It’s particularly easy to find Mexican Coke here in Texas, of course. The announcement that the Mexican plant would be supplementing the sweetening of it’s beverages with corn syrup was followed by ABC News announcing that the bottles exported to the U.S. from that bottling plant would actually still use cane sugar. But seriously, how is that cool? The same article says that nearly 1/3 of Mexicans are obese. Why is it OK to give them HFCS when we don’t want it? This is yet another reason that I don’t love supporting Coca-Cola products, despite my fondness for their nostalgia signs and the rosy Santa drinking Coke at Christmas. The steps we’ve seen big corporations take forward in the last few years are small, but at least they’ve been steps forward. Let’s not take another step back, Coca-Cola.