High fructose corn syrup is used in drinks primarily because it is cheap and also to support americas corn growing industry. There are many alternatives out there to the mainstream coke/pepsi products that are made with real sugar. The problem you'll inevitably have with these products is that they cost more, and you as a consumer want everything as cheap as possible. So, either you'll live with the inferior mainstream product because you're cheap or maybe you'll cut back on the soda drinking and buy less of a higher quality product.
As far as saturated fat is concerned, some of it is naturally occurring, so if you eat bacon beware that the saturated fat is there no matter what. I'm pretty sure you know that though as you were talking about partially hydrogenated whateverthefuck and i won't talk out my ass about something i don't really know much about. (even if it is the NS way)
I'm certainly uncertain, at least I'm pretty sure I am.