Mexican Coke As You Know And Love It May Die

The cult favorite may change and a new Mexican sugar tax is to blame.

Mexican Coke, which is made with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup, has many fans in the U.S. But a new law may prompt the company to change its ingredients.

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A steep sales tax on soda was approved by Mexico’s congress on Oct. 31.

Executives from Arca Continental SAB, the second-largest bottler of Coca-Cola in Latin America, suggested a shift away from sugar cane may happen sooner rather than later, according to The Atlantic.

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The new soda tax will raise the price on all soda sales about $.08 per liter.

The tax is part of a campaign to address health concerns in the country where 70% of the population is overweight, according to the World Health Organization. Bloomberg via Getty Images

While any change to the beloved “Mexicoke” recipe would draw the ire of its fans, a 2010 USC study could not find sugar in the drink.

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Adrian Carrasquillo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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