Subway Chemicals- What next?

Subway agrees to end use of controversial chemical after food blogger Vani Hari’s protest

Sandwich maker’s move follows petition in social media

By Chantal Da Silva, CBC News Posted: Feb 06, 2014 10:25 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 06, 2014 10:25 AM ET

Food blogger Vani Hari led a campaign asking Subway to remove  azodicarbonamide from its bread.Food blogger Vani Hari led a campaign asking Subway to remove azodicarbonamide from its bread. (Courtesy Vani Hari )

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Subway says it will be discontinuing use of a chemical found not only in its bread, but also in yoga mats, shoe soles and rubber caps after an online petition made waves across the web.

Food blogger Vani Hari — who successfully petitioned Kraft to remove the neon orange dye responsible for its signature Macaroni & Cheese colouring last year— is behind the effort. With more than 50,000 signatures, her petition demanding that Subway stop using azodicarbonamide as a food additive helped convince the food chain giant to comply.

The chemical agent has already been banned across Europe, as well as in Britain and Australia and while Hari says Subway does not include the additive in those countries, it’s still used in sandwiches distributed across North America.

Subway said it is already in the process of phasing out the chemical’s use in its products in the U.S. and Canada.  “The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon,” the food chain said in a statement Wednesday to the Associated Press. A timeline hasn’t yet been provided.

Hari said that while this isn’t the first time she has tried to reach out to Subway regarding its use of the chemical, she commends the company on its decision. “Their swift action is a testament to what power petitions can have,” she said, adding that she would still warn consumers to stay away from their sandwiches until the chemical’s use is removed.

The Charlotte, N.C. blogger started investigating Subway sandwich ingredients on her popular blog, in 2012, when she discovered the company’s use of azodicarbonamide.

“I had been eating Subway my whole life, thinking it was healthy fast food until I found out that it’s not eating ‘fresh’ at all,” Hari said, playing on the food chain giant’s “Eat Fresh” slogan.

The food blogger’s decision to petition Subway was made as soon as she learned that the U.S. president’s wife,  Michelle Obama, would be teaming up with Subway to promote its sandwiches in a campaign marketing healthy foods to children.

“The bottom line is that they save more money using this ingredient because they can produce the bread faster and cheaper,” the food blogger added. The petition has since reached more than 65,000 signatures.


In Control of Cancer

In Control of Cancer

By Allison Murphy
Health and wellness teacher and graduate of the CNS Plant-Based Nutrition Program

I sat in sheer terror as my brain surgeon diagnosed me with the identical tumor that killed my father:

A right frontal lobe glioblastoma. Although there were no symptoms to speak of I was told that “it must come out right away”. My immediate response was, “What do you mean? I just had two spine surgeries and I can’t go through something like this now!?”

I had always maintained a healthy lifestyle, unlike my parents, so I truly believed that cancer and its traditional western treatments (radiation, chemical therapy, and/or surgery) would not be the impetus that would end my life. Both of my parents passed away from cancer/chemical therapy. I watched my mother live with her ovarian cancer but it was the chemical therapy that turned off her immune system. Her failing kidneys are what put her into her final hospital stay. Then followed the morphine regimen that led her into her deepest slumber. I watched and listened as doctors behaved in a typical, “She has no other choices” fashion. I recall my mom’s fear; she was not ready to pass and I was not ready to let her go. She did die one year after my father passed from his brain tumor.

So when I sat in front of my own brain surgeon, his (very western) medical response was similar; “It must come out”. I immediately said, “No!” as I began sobbing. My surgeon got up and pulled down the blinds so I could cry in privacy. I finally got up to leave and went home. Working as a teacher in an affluent suburb of New York City allowed me to connect with all sorts of resources so I immediately called a parent in our community who was a surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering. He was kind enough to make me an appointment for me the very next day.

Sloan’s response to my brain tumor was that it was something that “we should keep our eyes on” and not resort to surgery. I was thankful. I remember reading T. Colin Campbell’s , The China Study , a few years back and realizing that if the patient reduces his/her consumption of animal protein that most tumors will actually shrink and the body will heal itself. 1

I was and am a Health Educator and Nutritional Consultant and re-read the book. Soon after that I read about and enrolled in the eCornell certificate course, “Plant-Based Nutrition Course” which re-fueled my decision to eliminate animal protein from my diet.

After that initial diagnosis and taking “Plant-Based Nutrition Course”, I decided to perform my own experiment at which I began consuming a plant-based diet, eliminating most if not all animal products. Within 1 year after I made the change to a plant-based diet I received the news that my tumor was shrinking. However slow, it lost its ability to thrive and that’s due to the nourishment my body was receiving from all of the plant foods I’ve been eating and taking away the tumor’s primary growth factor, animal protein! I must also mention how many other things in my life began to change: my ability to focus improved, my mood stabilized, my skin cleared, and I had much more energy. I felt so much better in all areas of my life.

Recently I met and fell in love with someone who loves to eat animal protein. We both LOVE food and I must admit that since we have been together, I began to increase my intake of animal products, knowing certainly that my next MRI would show either an increase in tumor size or at least no more of a reduction in size and I was right. My last MRI illustrated that my tumor remained the same size. Although grateful there was no growth I knew the result would not show any reduction due to my increased intake of animal protein. Of course since then I have been eating almost no animal products and cannot wait to hear that my tumor is once again shrinking!