10/12/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cooking With Coke: A Culinary Crime? (RECIPES)

I can vaguely understand why Americans might cook with Coke; after all, their traditional Thanksgiving meal sometimes runs to a dish of roast sweet potatoes baked with marshmallows with a crunchy topping of blitzed-up crackers. But in Thailand, where the very essence of their food is fresh, zippy, healthy and light, surely there are better ingredients for the prime minister to employ?

For that's what the people at Coca-Cola are trying to promote it as - an ingredient just like Worcestershire sauce, or a splash of wine, or a stock replacement. The trouble is that the theory just doesn't hold water: the ingredients that go into a bottle of Coke include sugar, caramel, caffeine flavouring, carbonated water and what the company describes as "natural flavourings - a unique blend of spices and extracts from around the world", which could include just about anything. And did I mention the sugar?

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