Subway – What’s Hiding In Your “Healthy” Sandwich?
May 05, 20163 min read
Subway’s “Eat Fresh” Secrets
As one of the most popular chain restaurants in America, Subway always promises fresh eats. Employees make the sandwiches right before your very eyes, providing consumers with what appears to be a delicious, healthy sandwich. One of their best marketing ploys includes the guarantee that the food is healthy and can help customers lose weight. However, recent developments have shown that Subway’s food may not be as healthy as we thought. With toxic chemicals used in their products, Subway has earned a new reputation for potentially poisoning its consumers. Discover why ‘eating fresh’ is not as fresh as you thought.
Breaking Bad Bread
Azodicarbonamide, the same chemical used in yoga mats, has been found in most of the sandwich breads within the American line of Subways. This ingredient may also be found in shoe soles or other rubber products. It can cause respiratory problems, including asthma and an increase in allergic reactions. Additionally, it may increase the potential for eye and skin irritation. Even worse, many organizations, including the World Health Organization, has labeled this ingredient as a hazard. Many continents, such as Europe and Australia, have placed restrictions on the use of it, especially in food products. So, what does this have to do with Subway’s bread? The company uses it as a bleaching and conditioning agent in the bread dough due to its cheap cost.
Luckily, protests have ensued upon the discover of its usage, causing Subway to work toward diminishing its use of the product. In 2014, they eliminated this ingredient in their breads entirely, after much pushback from the public and media. But can we really trust this company to find a healthier alternative? Or will the next ingredient meant to replace wreak just as much bodily havoc as the one before? Beware the bread on Subway sandwiches.
Other Not So Fresh Fillers
The buck does not stop with the bread. It also reaches into other ingredients that may sound harmless, but ultimately prove to be detrimental to bodily functions. Another such ingredient, still used today, is hydrogenated soybean oil. It is a form of transfat commonly used in some of the foods Subway serves. So much for healthier and diet-savvy, right? Transfats are one of the leading causes of obesity in America. It is the type of fat that builds up in our bodies. Because it is difficult to process and use, it is stored in layers. This particular oil is linked to problems cholesterol buildup, thus increasing the consumer’s likelihood of cardiac disease, strokes, and diabetes. Many food products contain it for the purposes of preservation.
Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) is a preservative based in petroleum. Some studies performed on rats show evidence of increased likelihood of tumors developing in the bodies of the test subjects. Other evidence suggests that it could have links to behavioral problems, such as ADHD in humans. It may also cause damage to DNA. Other possible negative health effects include damage to the liver and neurotoxicity. Most of these studies were performed on animals. However, we would not want to risk it affecting us as humans.
In addition to these substances, Subway regularly uses GMOs as a common ingredient in their products. We have discussed the numerous dangers associated with regular consumption of GMOs. Just take a look at our blog to find out more regarding the health risks associated with these substances. This, Subway does not offer the healthy freshness it promises. It is just another fast food restaurant providing unhealthy options to the general public.
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