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Hungry Girl,

A lot of products you LOVE (like Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers, for example) contain high fructose corn syrup. I hear that stuff is really awful for you and should be avoided at all costs. What gives, HG?

Sugar Shock
Dear Sugar Shock,

I write about living and eating in the real world -- figuring out what to eat in any situation and doing the best you can every day. Everyone knows that things like fish, lean meats, fruits and veggies are good for them. It gets a lot trickier navigating the supermarket aisles for decadent foods and things you CRAVE (which is where I come in!). In any case, since I'm not a doctor, I called on my good pal Dr. Melina Jampolis (who is an actual MD, and a nutrition specialist, and the author of The No Time to Lose Diet) to help with this HFCS question. She says, "While high fructose corn syrup consumed in larger amounts and in liquid form -- like non-diet soft drinks (which are pure HFCS) and juices -- MAY have some negative health and weight-loss consequences, having smaller amounts (less than 10 grams) in foods like low-fat or fat-free dairy and BBQ sauce is not a major dietary issue." What she says makes a lot of sense and is important to digest (no pun intended). In the case of the (awesome!) Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers, those only have 10 - 15 calories a serving, so the amount of HFCS in each serving is MINIMAL. (HFCS packs a lot of calories, so low-calorie foods in small amounts can only contain so much of it.) Melina does think it's important for dieters to focus on lowering overall intake of refined sugars, and not just focus on high fructose corn syrup as the nutrition villain, which I think is great advice. Now maybe everyone out there will be able to breathe a bit easier when they discover their favorite 100-calorie pack or fat-free yogurt contains a small amount of the stuff...

Hi, HG!

My question is about the onion rings recipe you have. Can you use egg whites instead of the Egg Beaters? Does it change the end result?

Ready for My O-Rings
Dear Ready,

Thank you for inquiring about my onion rings. (That's not a sentence you read every day, is it?) Those rings ROCK and are definitely in my top 5 favorite HG recipes. You'll be happy to know that you can definitely sub egg whites for Egg Beaters in that recipe. In fact, you can sub a LOT of things for Egg Beaters when making those onion rings, or any of our "fiber-fried" recipes. And since the egg really just acts as sort of a "glue" to help the Fiber One stick to the onions, tons of swaps can be made, and you'll still have great results. Here are some tips on what to dip your onions in before giving them a roll around in the F1 breadcrumb sandbox:

For SPICY rings, use Frank's RedHot hot pepper sauce.
For SMOKEY-SWEET rings, use a low-calorie BBQ sauce (like KC Masterpiece Classic Blend).
For ZESTY, DECADENT rings, use fat-free ranch dressing.
For SUPER-SWEET rings, use sugar-free maple syrup.

Now I want onion rings... badly! If anyone out there has any more tips, feel free to send 'em in. Thanks!!!

Today, October 10th, is National Angel Food Cake Day. Typically, angel food cake (which is made with egg WHITES and no yolks) is lower in fat than other cakes. YAY!
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