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'Eat Fresh' Rubber

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I try to eat healthy as much as I can (granted I have a huge sweet tooth), but for the most part I am extremely picky about where I eat out (when I can be that is).

When it comes to fast food, I usually go for Subway. All these years, I like many others, thought of Subway as a healthy option.

That is until… I found out about their bread. Which by the way I always loved!

Before I bring you this disturbing news let me start with some good news- Subway is changing the way it makes its bread. It plans to drop the ingredient that's causing a lot of controversy.

Here's the bad news- the ingredient the company has been using all these years just so happens to be the same chemical that's used to make yoga mats and shoe rubber.

Food blogger Vani Hari called the franchise out and created a recent petition, asking Subway to stop using azodicarbonamide in its breads. That petition received over 67,000 signatures and promoted the company to remove the ingredient.

This difficult to pronounce chemical is described by the Food and Drug Administration as dough conditioner, which strengthens the dough and improves elasticity. It is FDA and USDA approved.

So clearly Subway isn't so "fresh", but to be fair Subway isn't the only chain using this chemical in its products- McDonald's, Arby's, Wendy's, and even some grocery chains are using it.  So basically I need to start baking my own bread…. Like I don't have enough things to do…

What I find to be even more disturbing is that this ingredient is banned in Europe and Australia. In fact, in Singapore using this chemical can result in a $450,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison.

So why has the FDA allowed its use here in the United States? If it weren't for people like Vani Hari who brought this issue out in the open, would we continue to eat rubber? Might as well take a slice of cheese and turkey and put it in between my sneakers. Ok, clearly I am exaggerating here, but no matter how little of this chemical is used, I don't want it in my bread!

So as it stand now, Subway is making the change, but no word yet on when exactly the new bread will hit its stores.

Until then…. I guess I won't "eat fresh."

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