So when it comes to Subway sandwiches, you'd think you were pretty safe, right? I mean, if you had to trade up from a fast food burger and fries, that's where you might go.
But a recent article by a woman who calls herself "Food Babe" will stop you in your tracks.
In her efforts to eat "real food", she decided to ditch the processed stuff. It was an interesting journey, to say the least, but nothing could have prepared her for what she found in her local Subway shop.
"Eat Fresh" At least, that's what she thought she was getting.
And while she goes into remarkable details about the chemicals that have been added to the ingredients used in those sandwiches to preserve their shelf life in the store, the details she gives about one of the ingredients in the bread are jaw-dropping.
Like many of us, we've eaten there, multiple times, and probably like "Food Babe" had absolutely no idea that this is what we were getting:
"The 9 grain wheat bread might look and smell freshly baked but it contains close to 50 ingredients including refined flours, dough conditioners, hidden MSG, refined sugars, etc.
Could bread this processed ever be real food?
Certainly not, when it includes a chemical ingredient called azodicarbonamide, which is banned as a food additive in the U.K., Europe, and Australia, and if you get caught using it in Singapore you can get up to 15 years in prison and can be fined $450,000. Azodicarbonamide is more commonly used in the production of foamed plastics, however, it is allowed in the United States as a food additive, a flour bleaching agent, and a dough conditioner that improves elasticity of bread.
The U.K. has recognized this ingredient as a potential cause of asthma if inhaled, and advises against its use in people who have sensitivity to food dye allergies and other common allergies in food, because azodicarbonamide can exacerbate the symptoms."
It certainly makes you stop and think about what we have done to the U.S. food supply for the sake of profit margins. And what we need to do to dig ourselves out of this chemical-heavy kitchen. Researchers increasingly refer to certain chemicals that can promote weight gain as "obesogens." Our grandmothers certainly didn't have that term, but now that we have it, books have been written about it, and increasing amounts of science are highlighting their effects.
To learn more about the chemicals going into our food supply and what you can do to protect the health of your loved ones, please visit the Center for Science in the Public Interest.