Post 128: Subway to Remove Yoga Mat Chemical From Bread

So the same chemical used to make your exercise bands more elastic is also found in Subway bread.

Is this in your bread too?

Is this in your bread too?

I realize that sometimes the majority of these blogs are about chemicals in food and why you shouldn’t eat them. I also realize that if I run too many of these I start to look like the “Food Conspiracy” guy. Fair enough. I don’t blog for infotainment, I like to inform you about stuff…and this one is a doozy.

Nice to know your fresh-baked bread has the same chemical added to it as rubber shoes and yoga mats. Also nice to know that it is gradually being phased out. Wouldn’t want that fresh-baked bread to actually be fresh-baked bread, would we?

P.S. It is another chemical that is banned in the rest of the civilized world. Props to www.foodbabe.com.

Here is the link to the article, http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/02/05/subway-fast-food-chemicals-in-food/5236537/

Subway, one of the world’s biggest bread bakers, is about to remove a chemical from its breads that raised the ire of an influential health activist and food blogger.

The world’s biggest sandwich chain says it’s in the process of removing the chemical known as Azodiacarbonamide from its sandwich breads — a chemical that Vani Hari, who runs the site FoodBabe.com, says is commonly used to increase elasticity in everything from yoga mats to shoe rubber to synthetic leather. It’s used for the same reason in bread, she says, as a dough conditioner.

“We are already in the process of removing Azodiacarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is USDA and FDA approved ingredient,” the company says in a statement. “The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon.”

Fresh baked bread — and the perception of better-for you offerings –is a major deal to Subway. It’s one of the chain’s central selling points. Just last week, Michelle Obama sat and ate lunch before hosting a press conference at a Subway in Washington D.C. to commend the chain for joining her healthy eating initiative — pledging nutritious foods on its kids menu.

Food safety and health concerns have become a priority with American consumers who are pressuring the nation’s biggest brands to respond. Early last month, General Mills bent to consumer pressure and received positive press after it announced that was removing GMOs from regular Cheerios.

Subway’s announcement follows a petition that Hari, the activist, recently launched that asked Subway to stop using Azodiacarbonamide in its bread. The ingredient is banned in the UK, Europe and Australia, notes Hari, who says that she is thrilled with Subway’s actions.

“I commend Subway for finally responding to me and now over 58,000 concerned citizens. Their swift action is a testament to what power petitions and individuals can have,” says Hari, in an email. ” I’d like to note that current Subway sandwiches still have this ingredient, and I urge everyone not to eat their sandwich bread until they have finally removed the chemical.”

 

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Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Podcast 11: Super Bowl, Ken Dolls and Rites of Passage

Podcast 11: Super Bowl, Ken Dolls and Rites of Passage

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  • The Super Bowl
  • Great NFL Quarterbacks
  • Neil Peart of Rush
  • Technique
  • The Human Ken Doll
  • The Man Whose Arms Exploded
  • Why We Lift Weights
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Podcast 10: Overtraining and a Rant about Men’s Fitness Magazine

Podcast 10: Overtraining and a Rant about Men’s Fitness Magazine

 

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Congrats to me on episode number 10! In here you will find:

  • Online personal training coming Feb. 14 2014
  • Artist of the week: The Almighty and The Black Star Riders.
  • Question of the Week: How many days should I train? when should I take a day off?
  • 3 Things you need to buy at Costco.
  • Why Dieting is ineffective and why lifting weights rules.
  • A 10 minute rant about the strange and bizarre world of Men’s Fitness magazine.