Despite Joe D’Amico’s, a marathon runner who is eating only McDonald’s for thirty days before the Los Angeles race, obvious publicity stunt,
“My wife told me I was crazy,” D’Amico told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But I love McDonald’s and I love running, and this was a great way to combine the two.”
Subway has toppled McDonald’s from its long held first place as the most popular fast food restaurant in America. This is me jumping for joy. Snarkiness aside, in some ways this is good food news because it does indicate that a large part of our population is at least trying to make healthier choices. But before you let the warm and fuzzies take over, here are some disturbing facts to go along with that sandwich. It’s pretty well documented that the bread that Subway uses is not only not whole grain as advertised, it is full of High Fructose Corn Syrup (not surprising) and it contains ammonium sulfate which is a common plant fertilizer (surprising). Why would subway do this? Because the ammonium sulfate helps nourish the yeast by providing it with nitrogen which gives the ‘bread’ its lovely golden color and a more consistent product. In should be noted that Subway’s bread is not the only bread to contain ammonium sulfate. In addition to those three fun ingredients is azodicarbonamide which is already banned in some countries as a food additive.
In the UK, the H.S.E has identified azodicarbonamide as a respiratory sensitiser (a possible cause of asthma) and determined that products should be labeled with “May cause sensitisation by inhalation.”
Hey Subway, how about making bread with flour, water, salt, and yeast and leaving out the fertilizer and asthma causing chemicals? Just a thought.
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- Today’s Word: “McRunner” (chicagoist.com)
- Subway Passed McDonald’s and is Now the World’s Biggest Chain (ksfm.radio.com)
- “Subway Surpasses McDonaldâ€™s In Worldwide Locations” and related posts (gizmodo.com.au)