R.W. Knudsen's certified organic blueberry nectar, with its robust berry flavor and a citric tang balanced by mellower apple juice, earned raves from Chicago Tribune tasters. (Both as a fruit juice and, because we think this way, a cocktail mixer.) A 32-ounce bottle costs $3.45 to $4.20 at specialty grocers and health food stores.
Low carb this ...
The low-carb craze keeps going with reformulated versions of old standards. New from Kraft Foods are CarbWell salad dressings and barbecue and steak sauces. The CarbWell salad dressings (16 ounces for $2.79) have 0 carbs per serving and come in Italian, ranch and Caesar flavors. New A-1 CarbWell barbecue sauce (16.25 ounces for $1.39) has 3 grams of carbs and the steak sauce (10 ounces for $3.99) has 1 gram of carbs per serving.
Il Bosco Trecce breadsticks, imported from Puglia, are hand-braided and have almonds nestled within the twists; the flavor is rich with olive oil and a hint of white wine. The initial crunch soon yields to a buttery texture, and--trust us -- soon you'll be reaching for another. These are pricey but worth it: A 17-ounce bag costs $9-$13; to order by mail, call (866) 394-7652 or go online at isolaimports.com.
EcoFish frozen entrees feature ecologically responsible seafood with chef-designed preparations. CT testers tried wild Alaskan salmon with Asian ginger marinade and wild South American mahi mahi with Caribbean marinade; both turned out beautifully, tasted good and preparation was easy. Seven varieties are offered; availability varies by store. Each box contains two servings (which might constitute one serving for heartier eaters) and costs $7-$10.45 in the freezer case at select markets.
According to the Association for Dressings and Sauces, mayonnaise may be the world's most misunderstood dressing. Often blamed for food-borne illnesses, it actually helps fend off illness, the association contends. Today's bottled mayonnaise contains pasteurized eggs; furthermore, its vinegar and lemon juice create a high-acid environment that slows bacterial growth, says Pam Chumley, executive director of the group.
Chain sours on sweetener
Asheville, N.C.-based supermarket chain Earth Fare plans to remove all products containing high-fructose corn syrup from its shelves before the end of the year.
"Not only is high-fructose corn syrup a highly refined and unnatural product that has masqueraded as natural far too long, research continues to indicate that it has serious ramifications on human health," said Earth Fare sales and marketing director Troy DeGroff.
High-fructose corn syrup, introduced into the American diet in mass quantities in the 1970s, has been implicated in studies as a possible contributor to the twin epidemics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.