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Controversial ingredient to be removed from Subway bread recipe
She calls herself "Food Babe" -- an activist blogger who's blowing the whistle on the bread used by a major food chain. She says it's "dangerous" - - no matter how you slice it.
The world's largest restaurant chain endorsed by athletes, Olympians and even First Lady Michelle Obama is now *under scrutiny* after their slogan "Eat Fresh" was questioned by "
Food babe" activist blogger Vani Hari.
Hari started an online petition - and gained over 85,000 supporters calling for the end of the use of the chemical "Azodicarbonamide" in Subway's bread. A chemical found in yoga mats and shoe soles.
As soon as I heard the announcement from Michelle Obama that she was endorsing Subway for children, I knew I had to do something about this in food -- the chemical is used as a bleaching agent and "dough conditioner"
Subway and other chains use this because it makes the bread whiter and puffier
And while it is USDA and FDA approved, it is *banned* in Europe and Australia and the World Health Organization says studies suggest it may increase the risk of asthma, allergies and respiratory issues.
This is an ingredient that is in a yoga mat it's in the heels of your shoes this is not something you would normally want to eat
In a statement to ABC News, Subway tells us *before* the petition they had " already decided to remove this ingredient from our bread" and "pending further government approvals we should complete the entire conversion process within the coming weeks."
People need to realize what they put in their mouth
I have a laundry list of companies that are doing this double standard, hypocritical ingredient list. I would really like to see them all change
Hari - who says she has *successfully* taken on large corporations like Kraft for artificial dyes used in their mac n cheese says she's hoping this latest petition brings an increased awareness to what we eat.