Who Needs Milk When You Can Have Coke?

It’s sad to read about the tainted milk in China which has resulted in the the death of 4 infants and the poisoning of thousands of children (“Milk off shelves as China’s safety scandal grows”).

Fortunately in México this would never be a problem. Why? Because we are bottle-fed Coca-Cola at a very early age and in some cases the liquid crack has replaced milk as the beverage of choice for most escuincles.

Don’t worry, Mexican Coke (above, pic source: SFoodie) is not the dentist’s dream that American Coke is for one very simple reason. Whereas American Coke is made with corn syrup, the Mexican variant is made with cane sugar. I understand that makes all the difference in the Western Hemisphere, especially in taste (this is one of the few things my Fatherland does better than my adoptive land).

I can fondly remember my dear mother exulting in the fact that she didn’t give us Kool-Aid because of its high sugar content. To back her decision up she would lament that her Kool-Aid-swilling nieces had dental work that rivaled that of famous Bond villain, Jaws (right)

All the while the dear woman let the 3 of us have a free run at the Coke products (Orange Joya rocks). Coca-Cola was an integral part of my childhood (not to mention part of our balanced breakfast), and thus it is not surprising to find that it remains an integral part of my adult life.

Except that for most of my life I’ve been drinking the solvent that passes as Coca-Cola here in the States.

So thanks Mom for your introduction to addictive non-alcoholic beverages. To her credit, not one of her 3 children ever had to get a ‘silver’ chiclet.

Mother indeed, knows best…