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Print Your Coupons
The end of the month is just two days away. Print your coupons before they're gone. New coupons will be listed on November 1, 2010. I've printed some favorites and will hold them in hopes of a sale. Print this one out for some cheap sugar: Smartsource: Dixie Crystals Sugar $0.75/1 This will double to $1.50 at both Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter. The last time I had this coupon, ...
Kraft Shredded Cheese for $0.88 a Bag
I've told you before and I'll tell you again- I LOVE cheese! I don't think I go a day without eating some type of cheese. And usually I have 6-8 different types in my fridge at a time. Cheese is pretty pricey so anytime I can get a good deal on it, I stock up. This week there's a great deal going on at Lowe's Food stores. So here's the steal: All bags of shredded Kraft Cheese are on sal...
Harris Teeter Super Doubles!!
It's happening again! Harris Teeter is doing “Super Doubles” from November 3-9. With plenty of advanced notice, now's the time to gather all your high value coupons so that you are prepared next Wednesday. For those of you that are new to couponing, “Super Doubles” means that they will double any coupon up to $1.98. However, the upc barcode on the coupon must begin with a number ...
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
So my little "Harriet Potter" has been having a BLAST with the PS3 Lego Harry Potter game and as if that wasn't enough, my In-Laws got her the coolest Lego set around. It's the Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle! This isn't the ordinary "Lego" set that I grew up with. This Lego set has hinges and doors, flames on torches, stairs that swivel, and much, much more. It's AMAZING! My In-Laws had as...
Happy 5th Birthday, Emma!!!
My baby is turning 5 today. She is SOOO excited about this age, and the fact that the dentist told her 2 days ago that her two bottom teeth were loose. I keep telling her she's going to look like a jack-o-lantern but she doesn't seem to mind:) I received the Picaboo book in the mail yesterday and it's all wrapped up and ready for Emma to open up. It came out REALLY nice. Can't believe I...
Free Picaboo Photobook!
I just found out from My Baton Rouge Mommy that Picaboo is offering new customers a FREE large Classic book from October 15 to 25th by using code FALLBK. I'm a little behind on my photobooks these days, so I spent the day today working on Emma's birthday party from last year. I've always loved scrapbooking but can't seem to find the time lately. Making a photobook is similar to scrapbook...
How to Get 5 Packages of Cheese for $3.38
I LOVE cheese! I should have probably been born a mouse:) It's one of those foods that I can eat every single day and I never get tired of it. I was thrilled to get 5 packages of it at Harris Teeter for only $3.38 today. I picked up 4 bags of shredded cheese and 1 package of Cracker Barrel Cheddar slices. All of them were on sale. The shredded cheeses were on sale 2 for $4 and the...
Groupon: Top Deals for September 3
I LOVE Groupon! I purchased 3 different ones this year.  The first was for a 90-minute massage from Massage Envy for only $49 (Retails for $114).  The second one was for a Gap store certificate for $25 (Retails for $50) and the most recent one was for Papa Murphy's Pizza.  This one was only $8 and it retails for $20.  Someone's having pizza in the next couple days! Here's the list of th...
Vita Mix Blender – The Kitchen Appliance No Home Should Be Without
I've got to be honest with you. I hate infomercials. I also don't care much for sales Kiosks where fast-talking snake oil salesmen wearing headset microphones attempt to mesmerize you with their clever words and trivial knowledge. In fact, the Vita Mix blender Kiosk at our local Costco had been up and running for several months before we finally approached it during one of our latest visits. Prior...
Today Only: Get $50 Worth of Gap Apparel for ONLY $25
Groupon is having a wonderful deal today. You can get $50 worth of Gap Apparel (including sale items) for ONLY $25. This deal is valid at all the Gap Stores. Don't miss out- you can use this for back-to-school shopping or even for holiday gifts. The certificate is valid for use through November 19, 2010.

Coca Cola Ingredients

Posted By: Elena in BPA, Coca-Cola, Ingredients - Comments: 3 Comments »

A couple months ago, I began the process of “can elimination” at our house. This was after reading all about the BPA lining in the cans. This is unhealthy for us and I don’t want to keep purchasing unhealthy items so cans are out except for canned tomatoes. The reason why I’m giving in to the canned tomatoes for now, is because I can’t seem to find them in jars. If a company starts putting them in jars, I will stop buying the cans. For now, I’m only buying the tomatoes, which is a big difference from where we began. I used to buy all kinds of veggies in cans- especially corn and green beans. I now buy them fresh or frozen. I have a couple cans left in my pantry, but once they are gone, I won’t be buying them again.

Well, soda cans are no different. I looked around for bottled Coca-Cola and could not find it at my local grocery store. I finally found it at Super Target. One small 6pk of 8oz. bottles was $4! Can you believe that? But, I bought them anyway, as we don’t drink too much soda and I really wanted to stop purchasing cans. A few days later, I went to Costco and while shopping, I saw that they were selling cases of the large 12oz. bottles. It didn’t have the price by them, but I decided to buy them anyway as the 12oz. bottles were a better size for us (comparable to the cans). It turns out that I paid $18.29 for the 24 bottles! Yikes!!

Let’s forget about the price for a minute and focus on the bottles. Every time I have a bottle of Coca-Cola vs. a can, I tell my husband how I enjoy the flavor from a bottle so much more. And finally, I realized why. This Saturday, we bought some pizza and when we have pizza, we HAVE to have Coca-Cola. I looked at the calories and realized my bottle of Coke had more calories than the can of Coke. I then went to the fridge and took out a can and compared the ingredients and nutrition label. I was floored when I saw that the Coca-Cola ingredients from a bottle were different than those in the can. The can has High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) where the bottle contains sugar! Below are pictures of them both. No wonder the bottled Coca-Cola tastes better.

I don’t know if this is the same for the small bottles that I bought originally at Target because I didn’t look at the ingredients assuming they were the same. These bottles from Costco actually say “Producto de Mexico” – Product of Mexico. And as I recall from visiting the Coke area in Epcot many moons ago, Coca-Cola makes different tasting sodas for different countries. So, this might be the case for these bottles only as they are imported from Mexico. I will have to check out the ones from Target the next time I go. This might also be the reason for the STEEP price of $18.29 for the case.

Although the price is outrageous, I will continue to buy the bottles from Mexico over the cans from the USA. Why? Because I would rather drink sugar than HFCS. In my opinion, it is healthier, it is natural and it tastes better. I know sugar is not good for me, but I prefer a natural “not good for me” product over an unnatural “not good for me” product. I am also happy to be eliminating cans and the BPA in their lining. Now I just wish I could get them for the same price as the cans:)

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  1. Heather says:

    Isn’t it crazy to see everything that HFCS is in? One of my kids is allergic to it, so we had to become very aware and began reading labels religiously. Talk about a shock! We try to buy mexican soda and candy, because they almost always use sugar rather than HFCS. I’m like you, I’d rather have the natural sugar than that manufactured filler!

  2. Elena says:

    Yes, Heather it is crazy. Unless you are buying 100% natural or organic, you are probably going to get HFCS in your food. It’s unfortunate that’s come down to that.

  3. Hi there, I loved your entire report. You provide allot of good advice on diet and nutrition. People needing to shed unwanted weight wil benefit allot from the advice. Found your blog Msn and have added it for future reference.

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