Is Sriracha Under Siege?

The hipster hot sauce is being kicked off some menus and banned from grocery shelves over health concerns that seem a bit overheated.

Sweetgreen, the rapidly expanding, salad-centric darling of the fast-casual restaurant world, angered a lot of its customers last month when it announced it would stop using Sriracha and bacon. And it’s not the only one to take action on the popular sauce, leaving some to question the crackdown.

Sweetgreen announced the changes in a Medium post, saying it was part of a menu revamp dubbed “Healthy 2.0.”

Why?  

“Because,” writes Michael Stebner, the company’s head chef, “it’s time to make America healthy again.”

Riding a sustainably-minded, health-focused trend, Sweetgreen has made its name in fresh, healthful foods. So, from a nutritional standpoint, axing bacon sort of makes sense. But Sriracha, the beloved, rooster-emblazoned hot sauce? Nixing that, nutritionists say, might not make much of

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