Beware of These Three Surprising Sources of High Fructose Corn Syrup

February 9, 2016 12:05 pm

Avoiding high fructose corn syrup seems like it would be fairly easy if you read your labels and eat a plant-based diet. However, there are still ways in which this artificial sweetener can find its way into the food you eat. Here are three surprising sources of high fructose corn syrup that you might want to avoid:

  1. Salad dressing. Low-fat or not, many salad dressings contain high fructose corn syrup as a main ingredient. Make your own with oil and vinegar dressing or buy organic to avoid this.
  2. Honey-roasted peanuts. There are only seven ingredients in this sweet snack, and corn syrup is one of them. Choose raw or oven-roasted nuts instead.
  3. Ketchup. It might be no surprise that ketchup includes sugar, but some brands contain exceedingly high amounts. Look for all-natural brands or use ketchup sparingly.

Corn Syrup in Unexpected Foods [Huffington Post]
Surprising Products That Contain High Fructose Corn Syrup [Divine Caroline]
(Not So) Sweet: Surprising Foods Containing High Fructose Corn Syrup [Babble]
6 Popular Foods with High-Fructose Corn Syrup [FitDay]

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Dirty Birds: Order Wings Dressed in Bangkawk BBQ Sauce

February 2, 2016 1:15 pm

You'll already recognize some of the wings sauces on the menu at Dirty Birds: habanero, teriyaki, barbecue. Maybe you've even had garlic herb or lemon pepper wings before. But a handful of the seasonings are distinct to Dirty Birds, and that's why locals keep coming back to this popular spot for wings and brews.

The Bangkawk BBQ, for instance, is a house-made original. It balances fiery and smoky flavors with just a hint of mustard, making for one-of-a-kind wings. For something milder but equally unique and flavorful, try the Hawaiian wings. They're tossed in a blend of the house-made teriyaki sauce and pineapple. If you're not a fan of wings, opt for one of the other apps such as fried pickles or loaded tater tots, or skip right to a main course. Salads, sandwiches, burgers, and American entrees round out the menu at Dirty Birds.

Dirty Birds
6499 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 265-2086

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Spice & Soul: Try the Soy-Ginger Cilantro Wings

January 26, 2016 1:51 pm

Salt and pepper wings with soy-ginger cilantro sauce. Applewood-smoked pork shoulder stuffed inside a brioche bun. Mac and cheese topped with tender brisket. These are just a handful of the decadent Southern dishes you can expect to see on the menu at aptly named Spice & Soul, a comfort food restaurant in San Diego.

Whether you want to share a few small plates and grab a beer or sit down for a full meal, this gourmet spin on the classic Southern soul food restaurant can accommodate. Start by passing around fried chickpeas and a chopped avocado salad, or dig right into a sandwich filled with house-smoked brisket or almond-flecked chicken salad. Wash down your meal with a pint of craft beer from the bar, such as the Sculpin IPA from local brewery Ballast Point Brewing Co.

Spice & Soul
4033 Avati Drive
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 291-8480

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