Are You Being Tricked By These Food Industry Marketing Tactics?

The countless commercials touting Subway’s new “Fritos Chicken Enchilada Melt” have gotten so ridiculous, I am about to lose my mind. A member of the Food Babe Army sent me leaked photos of the ingredient list of this highly processed sandwich. The full ingredient list is below – you don’t want to miss this. 

I’ve been asked why I targeted Subway in my petition to remove azodicarbonamide from bread many times now. While I already knew this chemical is being used in restaurants and bakeries all across the country, I was fed up with the way Subway misleads its customers with their deceptive “Eat Fresh” advertising. Something needed to be done, especially since they completely ignored my investigation into their ingredients in 2012further pressure in 2013, and repeated phone calls and requests to their corporate headquarters. 

As taken from Subway’s website, We’ve become the leading choice for people seeking quick, nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy” – they truly want you to believe they serve health food and many people fall victim to this, thinking eating at Subway is better than eating at other fast food restaurants. Subway uses many marketing tactics to drive this point home and dupe the public – but the tactics that really bother me are their partnerships with olympic athletes, medical associations and our government leaders, because many people take their endorsements as credible and rely on them. Here’s what’s really happening:

The American Heart Association’s endorsement of Subway as “heart healthy” is a farce!

Subway was the first restaurant to get the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Certification on some menu items – so Subway prominently displays this little Heart Association logo all over their marketing materials and commercials.  This is so deceptive because the Heart Association’s stamp of approval ONLY applies to a handful of Subway sandwiches without any cheese or sauces.  Who doesn’t get mayo, cheese or oil on their subway sandwich? Most Subway customers are not eating sandwiches without any cheese or sauces and many are not aware that the certification does not apply when they add those items. Furthermore, the Heart-Check seal only applies to salads served with fat-free sweet onion dressing – a dressing loaded with sugar and dimethylpolysiloxane.  Apparently the American Heart Association thinks it is healthy to eat silly putty and breast implants.  Dimethylpolysiloxane is allowed by the FDA to be preserved by several different chemicals that don’t have to be listed on the label – including toxic formaldehyde – oh is that how they keep it “fresh?”

This certification doesn’t come cheap either. An undisclosed annual administrative fee is required by the Heart Association, and Subway has contributed more than 1 million dollars to them in the last few years.  Subway may soon find themselves in the same boat as Campbell’s who was sued last year for their deceptive use of the Heart Association’s certification label in exchange for money.  Especially when you consider that Subway has been permitted to use this label on sandwiches that are packed with 800 mg. of sodium – well above what the Heart Association sodium intake recommendation allows per meal – and much more than what is used in Campbell’s soup.

Who is Doctor’s Associates, Inc.?

To continue portraying the image that Subway is endorsed by a team of health-conscious doctors, you may notice that “Doctors Associates, Inc.” appears on their menu, napkins and packaging.  This is simply the name of the corporation that owns Subway Restaurants and is in no way associated with any medical organization.  Instead of naming their corporation like other restaurants do (i.e. McDonalds Corporation, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.), they chose a name that implies they are a medical organization.  How do they explain the reasoning behind this?  According to their student guide:

The name was chosen by Dr. Peter Buck and Fred DeLuca in 1966. Dr. Buck was a nuclear physicist by profession, and Fred had aspirations of attending medical school to become a doctor. So, the name Doctor’s Associates Inc. seemed to fit their situation

First Lady Michelle Obama’s endorsement of Subway as a “healthy choice” for kids is saddening.

Our First Lady is now on the record stating that Subway’s kids’ menu makes life easier for parents, because they know that no matter what their kids order, it’s going to be a healthy choice” and “Every single item meets the highest nutrition standards.” This came after a huge announcement that Subway is launching a $41 million dollar “Pile on the Veggies” advertising campaign targeted at kids using The Muppets, in cooperation with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.  As part of their partnership, Subway is supposed to focus all their kid-focused marketing on the healthier options available in its restaurants. 

That’s interesting – since Subway began this marketing campaign in February, the advertising for Subway’s new Frito Chicken Enchilada Melt has far surpassed the few Kermit and Ms. Piggy Ads played. Do Fritos count as veggies now?  What do you think kids are going to ask their parents to eat next time they go to Subway after seeing a commercial like this or this or this

Oh wait – I forgot. Fritos are healthy.

Fritos = Health Food?

It may look like Subway is deviating from their healthy image with their new Frito Chicken Enchilada Melt, but it turns out that Fritos has been trying to get accepted by the public as a health food for many years now.  Frito-Lay’s partnership with Subway is just one in a long list of endeavors to make customers think their chips are healthy. 

This is ridiculous, right? 

Back in 2007, Frito Lay notified the FDA that they were going to label their chips with “heart healthy” marketing claims and the FDA approved it.  More recently, Candice Choi of the Associated Press exposed a newsletter from Frito-Lay to dieticians advocating Fritos as a good option for a gluten-free diet, which provided suggestions that their chips replace traditional breadcrumbs in recipes.

Frito Lay Newsletter

 

This was preceded by her reporting on Frito-Lay’s sponsorship of Registered Dietician training conferences in which they advise and teach dietitians on health trends and nutrition education. Registered dieticians are the people that are supposed to be telling us what is healthy to eat – and they are being told that Fritos are a health food! Frito-Lay even created an entire website dedicated to nutritionists called “SnackSense.com,” where they further attempt to convince health professionals that chips are healthy.  Here, they tell dietitians that “There is no ‘junk’ in Fritos Original corn chips” and that they fit into a “healthier lifestyle”. 

Fritos Website

This is just another example of the food industry leading the conversation in this country about food and nutrition – and it’s really got to stop. Fortunately, last year, a group of dietitians formed Dietitians For Professional Integrity, which advocates for an end to the ties between Big Food and registered dietitians. This new group is working to share the truth that Fritos are made from GMO corn and are deep fried in corn oil (likely extracted using a very carcinogenic gas called “hexane”), which is very inflammatory.

So, what’s Subway got to say about their new sandwich with Fritos?

A member of the Food Babe Army shared the secret highly processed ingredients in the new Frito Chicken Enchilada Melt with me recently. This ingredient list is not available on the master list of ingredients Subway posts online – everyone needs to know what’s hiding in this new sandwich! 

ChickenEnchaladaMelt

Here’s how Subway describes this sandwich:

“There’s never been another sub like it!  Crunch into a pile of Fritos placed right on top of tender pulled chicken and authentic enchilada sauce for a new satisfyingly delicious bite of flavor you can’t find anywhere else!” 

GIVE ME A BREAK – This is what they left out:

There’s never been another sub like it…

Although I’ll never sink my teeth into one of these – food bloggers are calling it a stale “Double Decker Taco” and a soggy “Taco Bell Gordita”.  

“….a pile of Fritos…”

Yes, GMOs are piled high on this sandwich. The standard is to put 2 ounces of Fritos on a foot long, but there have been reports that up to two full bags of Fritos are dumped, which looks like “the bottom of a garbage can”. TWO BAGS!!!?! The ONLY ingredients in Fritos are GMOs (corn, corn oil) and salt.  Frito-Lay’s parent company (PepsiCo) spent more money than any other corporation (over 4 million dollars) to fight GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington. They have a lot of GMOs in their food and don’t want to label it – even though 90% of customers have indicated that they want GMO’s to be labeled. It doesn’t fit in with the “Fritos are healthy and natural” mantra that they want you to believe. And remember GMOs are not natural – they are made in a laboratory, increasing the use of toxic herbicides that are causing cancer and have unknown long term health impacts. 

“…tender pulled chicken…”

This factory farm, antibiotic raised chicken is trucked in frozen and pre-shredded. It’s also laced with the preservative sodium benzoate, which becomes a carcinogen when combined with ascorbic acid (vitamin C).  Ascorbic acid is an ingredient in Subway’s Flatbread and added to many soft drinks – so there is a strong possibility that this cancer-causing combo will end up in your mouth. 

“…authentic enchilada sauce…”

Last time I checked, authentic enchilada sauce was made with a few simple ingredients – tomatoes, chiles, oil, spices.  However, Subway’s enchilada sauce is comprised of an astonishing 45 ingredients – including hidden MSG in the form of  yeast extract along with MSG enhancers (disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate). I’ve never heard of an authentic enchilada sauce needing “Polysorbate 60.” According to the “Journal of National Cancer Institute,” the “Journal of Nutrition” and the FAO Nutrition Meetings Report Series, polysorbate 60 can cause detrimental reproductive effects, organ toxicity and cancer in high doses.

What else goes into the Fritos Chicken Enchilada Melt?

  • Soybean oil – A cheap GMO oil that causes harmful inflammation in your body and is a major ingredient at Subway.  It’s in their bread – including the flatbread – and you’ll find it in the Chipotle Southwest Sauce that is squirted onto this sandwich.
  • Artificial colors – Derived from petroleum, they may contain carcinogens and are linked to hyperactivity in children.
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup – A cheap sugar substitute that increases appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia.  It is also can be contaminated with mercury.
  • Sugar (and a lot of it) - Since the ingredient label doesn’t say “cane sugar” it’s a safe bet that its derived from GMO sugar beets – as is the majority of sugar in the U.S.  This type of sugar has no nutritional value, helps you pack on the pounds, and promotes inflammation – so it’s best to eliminate it as much as possible from your diet.  I found sugar added to the bread, the chicken, the enchilada sauce, and the chipotle southwest sauce – too much for a “healthy sandwich.”
  • Cellulose – Do you really want to eat wood?
  • Autolyzed yeast extract combined with disodium inosinate/guanylate – A super-sneaky additive that is really MSG in one of its hidden forms.
  • Polysorbate 60 (again in the Southwest Chipotle Sauce) – An emulsifier that may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane – a known carcinogen. 
  • Propylene Glycol – Also known as the key component in anti-freeze.
  • Calcium Disodium EDTA – This preservative is made from formaldehyde, sodium cyanide, and ethylenediamine – sounds like fresh food, doesn’t it?
  • Natural Flavors – This ingredient seems so innocent, but it’s often not!

Check out the FULL LIST of over 170 ingredients here:

SubwayFrito

Thankfully, one thing this sandwich doesn’t have is the yoga mat chemical “azodicarbonamide.” A month has passed, since Subway announced that they will remove azodicarbonamide from their bread – but 93,000 people who signed this petition demanding this change have still not gotten a timeline or direct response from Subway headquarters. I called again today and asked customer service for an update. The answer is still that it will be changed in “coming weeks.”  I’d love to know what they are going to replace azodicarbonamide with and if we are finally going to be able to “eat fresh.” Unfortunately, looking at all the other ingredients Subway uses in other menu items, I don’t think we have any hopes of eating fresh anytime soon. They clearly have a lot more work to do! 

Please note, until they make this change, If you are still eating at Subway and ordering any other subway roll other than the flat bread – you are still eating yoga mat that is a possible carcinogen, linked to asthma, allergies and skin issues and banned all over the globe.

Join our cause to keep the pressure on Subway to make this change as fast as possible HERE and spread the word about their deceptive marketing practices (and this crazy ingredient list) with your friends and family by sharing this post – everyone needs to know what’s in their food! 

Much Love, 

Vani 

 

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324 Responses to “Are You Being Tricked By These Food Industry Marketing Tactics?”

  1. Janet

    What about Taco Bell, my daughter just got sick eating at a Rio Rancho, NM Taco Bell. We need to face it , we know it is not the best, but through the years they have gone hill.

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  2. Joe

    Vani, I might be wrong but when the ingredient label says “sugar” and the very next item is “corn syrup” or “dextrose”, what they are effectively doing is putting the sugars half way down the ingredient label because if they used just one type of sugar they would have to put it up at the top and hence it would be one of the top 3 or 4 ingredients. Correct?

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    • Ed Hughes (to Joe)

      Joe that is not correct, FDA labeling regulations require that you list the different sugars (sugar like salt is not just one type) separately in order of ascendency. Table sugar (cane or beet) is “sucrose” which is made up of a glucose molecule and a fructose molecule. Corn syrup is glucose (also known as dextrose) and thus has to be listed separately. If any other sugars (maltose, fructose ect) are added separately as ingredients they have to be listed as such. If you want to see “total sugars” it is on the “nutrition facts” panel under “sugars” where all are combined. This may seem like a trick to some but to a diabetic (like my son) knowing how much glucose (which will spike there blood sugar) versus how much fructose (which doesn’t hit their blood sugar nearly as much) is helpful. The FDA has hard and fast rules on how these things are labeled and all the information is there if you learn how to read it, something you wont find here.

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      • Bruce Sullivan (to Ed Hughes)

        Ed, your points are valid, but they don’t exclude Joe’s point which is simply this: Breaking it down into the constituent types of sugars can give the perception that there is a lot less sugar than there is. Many people are not as well-versed in the details as you are. To the average lay person, the listing of multiple ‘oses’ looks more like an attempt at deception than it does transparency or adherence to regulation. Just as saying what’s clearing a single-serving package has 2-3 servings. It allows the manufacturer to play fast-and-loose with the sugar/salt/fat vs. nutrition numbers. Same thing with trans-fats. Once food processors realized that people didn’t like them, they didn’t bother to take them out. Instead they turned it into deceptive marketing. Where else but the US would the phrase ‘contains 0 grams of trans fats’ actually mean ‘this product contains trans fats?’

      • dani (to Ed Hughes)

        It makes sense why different types of sugar have to be listed separately, but I think what he’s saying is that they could potentially only add one type of sugar instead of using several and the reason they use several is so they can put them lower on the ingredient list. Not sure if this is true, but I wouldn’t be surprised. The number of total sugars can help navigate, but I think some of these companies try to cause as much confusion as possible when it comes to unhealthy ingredients.

      • Ed Hughes (to Ed Hughes)

        Bruce- The reason all the ‘oses’ are broken out in a ingredient statement is that they are separate ingredients. They ARE lumped together on the Nutritional Facts panel as ‘Sugars”. Your point about trans fat is not really valid by the FDA labeling laws (and I am quite familiar with them , it is my job) say that “if the amount of trans-fat is less than .5 grams per serving it can be rounded down to 0. If it is .6 grams it rounds up to 1 gram. That is not the same thing as what you stated.
        Dani- I had several years in R&D before moving into quality assurance so I can answer your question as to why the different sugars are used. In BBQ sauces for example corn syrup ‘glucose’ is used because at room temperature it is thick and also it tastes much less sweet then table sugar ‘sucrose’. Fructose is watery at room temperature and tastes much sweeter than table sugar so combinations of the 3 different sugars are used to achieve flavor and viscosity “thickness’ in a product. It is not a industry trick as once again the Nutritional Facts panel combines them as ‘Sugars”. To both of you yes serving sizes are often undersized but if there is some ‘grand conspiracy’ to confuse people I am not aware of it. The facts are out there for people to understand and they are best found in places that someone is not trying to scare you so they can sell you something “Mercola or Mike Adams” or boost there sponsor clicks, like here. Profit drives everyone including organic, local, food suppliers. A good class in organic chemistry at a local college (agenda there just science) would be a good place for allot of the commenters here to start. Sorry to lecture but accusing me of that on this site is like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500,

  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I just went into cardiac arrest just looking at all of these ingredients. I can only imagine what might happen to someone who eats this sandwich often! YIKES!

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  4. Ladydinj

    I think these corporations are disgusting and I blame the USDA (our govt) for allowing these companies to get away with feeding the public these poisons. I guess for the right price our government can be bought and they will let anything pass as food.
    Thanks for opening our eyes to the madness!

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  5. Carol

    Thank you for staying on top of this situation. I do not eat at Subway anymore !!!

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  6. Zach

    Hello, I work at subway, if you need pictures of ingredients lists off boxes let me know. The only prepackaged item with less than four ingredients is the avocado pulp (as far as Io have seen, Avocado, Ascorbic acid ). When I started I wasn’t surprised about all the additives, but seeing what some of them do and are, its very disgusting.

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  7. Wes

    It is clear that “eat fresh” is nothing more than a marketing gimic. Marketing is translated in today’s world as lying since the sole purpose of marketing seems to be trying to imply that you are receiving something more or better than what you are really getting. I adopted my own eating healthy plan just over a year ago. Working a fast paced job and long hours in addition to a long commuting time, I often found myself hungry and tired without the time to make a nutritious meal when I got home so there are times I would stop at Subway on the way home thinking I was doing myself a favor. I wouldn’t skip the cheese but I would load up on veggies, use only mustard for dressing and no salt (let’s not talk about the bread). Little did I realize they should likely be labelling their sandwiches with a toxic warning label or something similar to what you might see on a nuclear waste container. I am so disappointed in the many unhealthy ingredients in Subway products that I have banned them from my list of acceptable places to eat. I will not patronize Subway ever again unless things change, not even if they have one and only one healthy sandwich on their menu. It’s time to change the world, one dollar at a time. Reducing profits from companies such as this is the only way to force change. We do have freedom of choice. We do have the freedom to choose not to eat at Subway. Thank you so much for helping me and so many others make better choices!

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  8. we are not making you eat it

    Coming from a quality tech, at the plant the enchilada is made. I can assure you non of the meat comes from antibiotic fed farms. We only pull from certain farms, that we personall . Audit several times a year. My point here is we are not making anyone eat it. If you are so against subway because this. Wal mart costco and sams club all purchase meat from the same co packing company. So cross them off your list as well.

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    • Gerald (to we are not making you eat it)

      You’re missing the point. With all the crap they add, what person in their right miond would eat that, regardless of whether there’s meat on it or not. It look like a toxic GMO dump, and people who don’t get it, eat that dreck. Subway’s “Heart Healthy” badge is a blatant lie, and the “Doctor’s Associates” is misleading as all hell. Nothing more than gimmicks, that are a pack of lies , and used as deceptive marketing tools.

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  9. Susan

    First thank you so much for creating this blog I have been living organic and eating healthy for over 45 years. It has been tough to convince family and friends to eat organic. They Always believed the government would not allow poisons in processed foods. It is very heartening to find someone that a strong advocate for eating healthy and to change the American diet.

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  10. giacomo

    I am Italian, living in Italy but I travel often to the States and I wonder “how can you guys keep going eating this stuff?”
    I would like all of you to try the real mediterran diet which is fresh, healthy for real, not like the subway ones.
    My idea is to open up a fast fresh food in the USA where people can really check what fresh means. What these fast food companies lets you eat is not what you deserve.
    If one of you find my idea interesting please write to me as I am looking for people to realize this project

    Giacomo

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    • Jenna (to giacomo)

      I recall in Italy along the highway they have roadway stops where you can get wonderful, real food; great meals with freshly prepared food, where in the US it’s junk. I think you a have fabulous idea. Go for it, Giacomo! Bring this to the US!

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    • Sandy (to giacomo)

      Awesome idea!! The Food Babe Army will support you!! I’ve travelled out of the country 2 times in the past year – and both times just amazed at the freshness of the food. Why do Americans put up with the garbage that restaurants serve? And why in the world would other countries import our garbage (McDonalds and all the rest).

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  11. Tracy

    Thank you so much, Vani, for another great post. I’ve been following all the updates and your latest investigations.

    Like you, I also like digging into behind the scenes and find out little secrets as well. These days, with social media and loads of free content on the web, we have a lot of leverage to think before we believe in any kind of marketing messages.

    Advertisers these days really need to think of other ways to do marketing. Lying or hiding truths would longer be effective, as we consumers are empowered knowledge and communities like that one you have created here!

    Cheers,
    Tracy

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  12. cole yamamura

    i get it, subway is bad. but it’s better than other choices on the fast food market

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  13. SethGrimmr

    Thank you for your extensive research. It is awesome to have people like you speaking out on the dangers that so many Americans are ignorant of.

    Although, if I could mention one thing…propylene glycol is NOT harmful. Yes, it is a component in anti-freeze but do you know why? Because it was found to have anti-freeze qualities and it is ultimately harmless so Anti-freeze companies began using it in their product to produce a LESS harmful anti-freeze. Propylene Glycol has been extensively studied since 1942 and since then has been used avidly in the medical industry as an inhalant. All PG is, is a preservative, a dehumectant(absorbs humidity), and a flavor and medication carrier. It is used in inhalers, it is pumped through hospital vents for its powerful antibacterial properties, it is used as a flavor carrier in almost ALL flavor concentrates, a preservative in foods, tooth pastes and makeup, and it is used as a base for many e-liquids(for e-cigarettes).

    As an electronic cigarette user we hear this common misconception about PG all the time so it’s kind of instinct fot me to correct it. :)

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  14. Linda

    Go mamma foodbabe! You rock in the let’s give American’s the truth about what they are eating! Insiteful, researched, and pertinent information. I LOVE IT!

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  15. Yulia

    “Campbell’s who was sued last year for their deceptive use of the Heart Association’s certification label in exchange for money” – Why doesn’t the Heart Association doesn’t get sued for releasing their label JUST “in exchange for money”?
    Kind a rhetorical question, though…

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  16. ardeetz

    I didn’t need to read the ingredients to be turned off by this gross looking product. As soon as I saw the commercial I was like “BLEHHH!” Note to Subway: Just because some may like a side of chips with a sw, doesn’t mean it’s cool to put it inside. It’s not creative, it’s lazy, disgusting, and not tempting. Yes, the ingredients are horrific, I haven’t been to a Subway since college..and that’s only because that was the only non school related food venue outside the campus..and just walking into one..made me want to walk out..the smell of the cheesy bread/deli meats are disgusting..it’s like you have to shower and wash your hair 3 times to get that stench out.

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    • Gerald (to ardeetz)

      I know what you mean, the commerical with that abmonination that looks like something I ate, and lost, gave me another good reason to NEVER buy subway’s dreck ever.

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  17. Josh

    Thank you! I don’t eat at subway anymore.

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  18. Christina

    Good Morning !

    My name is Christina and i work at a Creating Wellness, Chiropractic center in Yonkers, NY. We sell whole food based supplements, including some of Dr. Mercola’s products here and i love them because they are whole food organic based products. Last night i was invited to a seminar that talked about Isotonics (market america) it sounded like a great idea until i read the ingredients. There is fructose along with other sugars in their ingredients. Someone told me it is not a big deal because the amount of sugar is equivalent to 3 grapes, but i know that fructose is a big deal and should not be in supplements. I would not feel right selling something to someone when it is not good for their health, and i was just wondering if you knew more about this?
    I would love to hear back from you !!
    Thank you – Christina :)

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  19. Constance

    To everyone, like Belinda, who criticizes Food Babe for not being scientifically rigorous:

    Food Babe is to be admired for being successful in raising awareness where awareness is needed and providing alternatives. There are others in the movement for healthier food and more transparent food industry practices who provide the scientific rigor that is needed.

    Trolls, like Viriato77, pointing fingers and laughing at Food Babe and her followers — please contribute something meaningful instead, or leave the conversation. Being a troll is far more pathetic than drinking microwaved water.

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  20. Andrew

    Does Paris Baguette have GMOs? Is owned by Jamba Juice.

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  21. Stephen Reed

    Excellent article. So many of the so called healthy options are awful, and the heart charities sanctioning these things is criminal….well almost.

    Here in the UK we have some better food quality standards, but as a nutrition coach, I am amazed at how the majority of my clients just don’t know how, what, or how much to eat

    Keep up the amazing work

    Steve Reed

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  22. Maegan

    I love you so much! Can you follow me around and analyze all my food? Lol. I try to remember all of the no-no ingredients and why they are bad, but I forget a lot of them. We need a Food Babe quick reference book! :)

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  23. Macy Mae Rivers

    I admire your boldness to discover the truth from every marketing enticements in the Food industry. People should really mind in getting alternatives of what they are eating. Sometimes it’s not the taste that we can say it is good, but it is more of what the body tells us or need us to do. Thanks for the share!
    This is definitely an eye opener to everyone that not everything that we see or hear on ads, getting the impression of brand’s packaging and branding is good for us.

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  24. bradley

    JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT CAN’T GET ANY MORE INSANE…

    McDonald’s is putting HUMAN FLESH in their meat!
    This is part 1 of 5 on you tube…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHHQ7HKh58w

    Wake up America!

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  25. T.J.

    I just have to say that I am so thankful to Jesus for you Vani the Food Babe”! I just learned about you recently when you were being interviewed by Alex Jones. My personal story is pretty enlightening but simple. I began to do research coming out of college in 2004 about ingredients in food. I began to eliminate MSG and its 25 other hidden names out of my diet. I went from 225 pounds to 210. Then I eliminated all foods that included partially hydrogenated oils and I went from 210 to 195. Then I did the same with all foods with high fructose corn syrup and I went from 195 to 185. Woo hoo! Then I eliminated all pork and white bread and white dough products and now I am at 175. Now you are even educating me more and challenging me to go to the next level about GMO’s and other ingredients. I have known about GMO’s for a few years now but it just hit me on another level for some reason this time. Maybe it was just by the way you explained what it actually does to people who eat it in the most recent article titled “Are You Being Tricked By These Food Industry Marketing Tactics?” Thanks for your work and ministry and Yeshua bless you!! -T.J.

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  26. Joe Smith

    The food supply in the USA is poison only because the consumers buy the products. Vani has found a way to get the word out on these poisons which is good but the food industry chemists have figured out how to make y’all’s cravings more than following Vani’s warnings. Those ingredients in subway and other products are there to provide a resource for craving their products.

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  27. Stina

    What reliable resources do you use to research ingredients in foods?? I would like to do my own research, but when I google ingredients, I get answers like “potassium sorbate is not harmful.” Or it will say it is harmful, but not really go into details…

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    • Stina (to Stina)

      I respectfully disagree, Food Babe has done some really good investigative work. I love her and I’m sorry that she has a few haters that take the time to read her blog and post ugly things on here.

      I will be kind and show mercy. Humility is the attitude of the heart and mind that God requires of us. Never, under any circumstances, are we to view ourselves as better than others. Give God what He truly requires, which is to do what is just, love mercy and kindness, and walk humbly with Him. Some helpful scriptures on humility: Philippians 2:5-7, Micah 6:8, Philippians 2:3-4, Romans 12:16, 1 Peter 5:6 – Written by Joyce Meyer.

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      • Jojo (to Stina)

        Ugh, no. You brought the bible and god into your argument, so your argument is invalid. Like you.

  28. Michael Garlin

    Live for you and your courage. I have not walked into a Subway in over a year. In fact it’s rare that I actually dine out unless I know the restaurant uses products from local farmers. I can’t get enough of what you are posting and accomplishing. Don’t stop! I literally don’t trust anyone with food that I am purchasing anymore. What is more sad is that unless it’s organic, comes from the ground or a tree, I just won’t put it in my body.

    Live for being Vegan. Eat to live is my new Motto on life.

    Thanks for all that you do.

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  29. Lam Ale

    Beware of the cleaning chemical Trisodium Phosphate in some popular “earth friendly” cereals.http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/049542/049542106221.jpg

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  30. Dave

    Thank you so much for the TRUTH. You are a bold, courageous lady who I truly appreciate. Keep up the great work!

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  31. Charline

    Hello Vani, thanks so much for inspiring and helping us to live a healthy, honest clean life. The knowledge we have gained living in the states for the last 3 and a half years was invaluable and we would not have been able to achieve this without your tips, help and guidance. Our dilemma is that we will be moving back to Europe (Ireland) soon and we feel totally overwhelmed and not sure where to start on continuing a GMO free lifestyle. Can you give us any tips, advice, guidance on where to find the best source of information on GMO exposure in Europe / Ireland. We are not even sure if GMO labeling is compulsory in Ireland. Thanks in advance and kind wishes, Charline

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  32. pAnonymous

    view. see #4+/ #4.48. The.Most.Important.Knowledge.You.would.Ever.Read.Implement.and.Live.up.to.Forever

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  33. connie henry

    I haven’t been getting you on Facebook for some time

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  34. Rhett

    Although I like your blog and applaud your efforts, you seem to emphasize that the only problem is Subway. Don’t you think that you should reach out to the American Heart Association if they are the ones receiving million dollars in fees from Subway in order to continue endorsing Subway? Have you tried calling or contacting them to see why they continue to endorse awful products that can potentially ruin a nations health?

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  35. James

    Wish we could actually “eat fresh”. My family and many people I know will not eat here until you deliver on your slogans promise. Or maybe stop pretending to be apart of the obesity pandemic and actually be apart of the solution. All organic, antibiotic free, grass fed, when you become familiar with how these can turn a HUGE profit for your company while actually helping people, then I will return to the Subway sandwich

    My message to subway

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  36. shion

    There’s a reason that the azidodicarbonamide isn’t listed: it’s not in the bread when you eat it. It completely decomposes in the preparation process.

    Even IF it were there, it wouldn’t do you any harm anyway because it’s not present in a high enough concentration to do anything to you. The dose makes the poison. Always does, always will.

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  37. Tracey

    Authentic enchilada sauce only has two ingrediants…. Red chili and a little garlic. :) never use tomatoes or oil in your enchilada sauce. Gross!

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  38. Katherine in Atlanta

    Food Babe, I do love what you do. I stopped eating preserved or deli meats years ago. I wish you would touch on how awful they are while you are dealing with the Subway menus. I call them “embalmed” meat. Just google “pregnancy” and “listeria.” Listeria is a pathogen that can occur in deli meat and hot dogs which is very dangerous because it is one of the few pathogens that CROSS THE PLACENTAL BARRIER and pose a threat to the fetus. Pregnant women are advised to abstain from this stuff throughout their pregnancy. This is a actual government advice, known by doctors. FYI.

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  39. MrsTO

    The AHA is full of crap anyway. A diet with no or very(healthy) fat is horrible for the heart, brain, and body! They lump all fats together, which is so bogus because the body needs fat; meanwhile, there are those who profit IMMENSELY from all the diseases causes by this nonfat nonsense. If you’ve ever been directly involved in any heart disease medical treatment, you know someone is profiting BIG TIME from it!!
    Besides, no fat in food almost always= more sodium, sugar, or other junk.

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  40. Elvenrunelord

    I’m glad you found the ingredient list because I actually loved the taste of that sinful sandwich.

    I love how you state that the majority of people want GMO’s labeled. Do you know why? Because they will wholesale quit buying any product that has GMO technology in it.

    The “majority” of people don’t have the science education to know if a particular GMO is safe or not. Many of the GMO horror stories you here are true, but they were from test fields and the product was being tested on research animals.

    Like any tech, genetic engineering is bound to make some mistakes. Regulations need to be tightened up, safety needs to be #1, and the government needs to get off its ass and actually oversee these companies that are working in this field because it is certainly dangerous.

    But to be so fearful of the technology that you would avoid all of it is to show that you are a FOOL and incapable of rational thought. Scientific thought. I don’t mean to offend some of you but the idiots among you I could care less.

    People all around the world are working to make sure all of us are fed even if the eco system go wacky on us and look, that is happening now. And these fools would rather they and the rest of us starve than let them do their job.

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  41. YA.OK (to Karen)

    Dear sweet Karen, once upon a time people had no idea that smoking caused cancer…if you need a bunch of people to tell you eating chemicals might be harmful then go ahead and eat that sh*t up, no one is stopping you.

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  42. Tj b (to Karen)

    I agree, thanks for your comment, we are all struggling to survive in this society we created. I am, all for having truly healthy options, but get real .

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  43. Jenna (to Ted) (to Karen)

    Affordable food and spending less of our disposable income on food?
    One reason processed or just more ‘conventional’ food is cheaper is because of farm subsidies. You know about that, right? Our government supports this kind of cheap food, but not healthier food. Why shouldn’t organic farmers get these kinds of subsidies so the prices can be a bit better and more people will have the CHOICE to have organic. Choices. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fresh-fruit-hold-the-insulin/

    Karen, you seem a bit dramatic here yourself. Just because we aren’t torn apart by war and have gotten to the point where basically everyone can eat means we shouldn’t bother looking at issues or trying do anything about them or make things better? We live a democracy where we’re fortunate we can try (and sometimes succeed) to create change.

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  44. Jenna (to Karen)

    Ted, that is ridiculous to think people should be allowed to starve if necessary for organic farming. C’mon. Don’t lump everyone into one thing or “movement”, okay. There are many other articles that talk about better, more natural and effective forms of farming that can be “sustainable” ( I don’t like to use that buzz word, but it is what it is). It’s complex and I’m not saying the whole world is going to become organic overnight, but at some point it may (likely will) become more and more necessary.

    I think the subsidies help create the abundant supply. Also we eat more of the cheaper (likely some of that subsidized) food….Yes, it’s true – I found something else for you to read: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1665769/infographic-of-the-day-americas-strange-attitude-towards-food

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  45. ted (to YA.OK)

    You are right. The people in this country that trust the food supply as is and appreciate that we spend less of our disposable income than any other developed country in the world on food aren’t trying to stop you from eating organic and non GMO if that’s what you choose. So why is it that your group is trying to stop us from having choices? You will say you aren’t but when the food babe is taking on Subway and Chick Fil A among others trying to get them to change menu items when she nor any of you here would ever walk in those places, that’s exactly what you’re doing. If you get your way, affordable food now will be less so and for no scientific reason.

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  46. Karen (to YA.OK)

    See, there’s that wonderful non-descipt, encendiary word again. “Might”. The fact that people waste time publishing articles that have no basis in reality is a real problem for me. And when sites like this aren’t busy trying to scare people with half truths, misinterpretations and opinions, they just outright lie. I love the bonded statement that says that soybean oil causes inflammation. Guess the author missed the study last year, proving this to be false:
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261691.php

    And all of a sudden cellulose is bad? Cellulose is wood. Yes, good old organic wood. It adds fiber and replaces fat calories. And it is added to organic food. Is that your next crusade? To eliminate organic ingredients from organic food??

    Stop manipulating facts, sensationalizing snippets , and condemning products that have less than microscopic amounts of additives that are only dangerous when the only proof we have that they may be dangerous is to inject copious amounts into rats for days upon end. Instead, concentrate on the facts. Does anyone deal in facts anymore? Or is it better for bloggers to lead a bunch of lemmings into a frenzy over a bunch of misdirected conclusions and false conditionals? Two words: prove it. Read the research. Read the studies. Don’t be led astray by someone’s opinions. Because that’s just what they are. Opinions. Points of view from uncredentialed people with keyboards and internet pages. Wake up and demand proof.

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  47. ted (to Jenna (to Ted))

    Its not cheaper because of government subsidies. Its cheaper because of abundant supply. It has gone up recently because the cost of transportation has skyrocketed in the last few years. Fruit and vegetable growers do get protection Jenna. It’s the protection they asked for which wasn’t a subsidy payment and that is that I can’t grow fruits and vegetables for profit on my acreage and still get any available subsidy payments on my corn, cotton, soybean, etc. crops. I don’t think USDA has any policy that doesn’t allow an organic corn, soybean, cotton or wheat producer from getting subsidies that are available to conventional farmers. Organic is a niche market and will be for the foreseeable future. When it was pointed out to one of your peers on this website on another thread that hundreds of millions would starve if we went to a total organic food production system the response was that starvation was natural and was nature’s way of not letting the population outgrow the availabe food supply. In the same post she was highly concerned about Roundup destroying the Monarch butterflies food supply. Is that how you feel? If so, this isn’t a food movement but a movement directed by environmentalist wack jobs using fear of food as a motivator to the unknowing. And from what I’m reading here alot of the beliefs are right out of their playbook.

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  48. ted (to Jenna)

    Technology may allow organic to expand at some point. It’s not there yet. I agree with you on “sustainable.” It means different things to different people and groups. The key “sustainability” measurement that gets overlooked or demonized depending on who you are talking to is economic sustainability. If it doesn’t make money, it isn’t sustainable no matter how well it does in other sustainability standards.

    I agree with the article you posted. I’ve never said obesity isn’t a problem here. You and I agree on the basics of food. We both want the same thing. We just have different ideas about what is healthy and what isn’t.

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  49. ted (to Jenna)

    About the linking of environmentalist goals with this food thing, it’s not nearly as far fetched as some of the other things I’ve read here. The demonization of Roundup is straight from their literature and from my experience with the product it is ridiculous. I get Roundup on my hands and sometimes legs (I wear shorts when it’s hot) and never had one problem with it. I’ve never heard of a problem with any of my peers getting it on their skin. I feel very comfortable handling it relative to some of the other pesticides I handle. Some of the pesticides I use that organic farmers also use, the pyrethrins, even though considered safe they do cause skin irritation on me. Someone posted on this thread about kids in Peru walking through a field of soybeans that had been sprayed with Roundup and they came out with red, irritated legs. I would be willing to bet that it either wasn’t Roundup at all that had been sprayed or that the Roundup was mixed with another product, maybe an insecticide or older herbicide, that caused the problem. The European environmentalist, hell all of them, will say and do anything to get their agenda forward. They don’t like GMO so they do all they can to kill it including scaring people about the food supply.

    Someone mentioned that aborted fetus parts were being used for taste enhancement in some of Pepsico’s products. The replies to that were “OMG, I can’t believe it.” Does anyone here question crap like that or if it’s printed it must be true?

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  50. Jenna (to Ted) (to Jenna)

    Ted, maybe you’re like George Burns. Good old George (gotta love him!) lived to 100 years old while smoking 10 – 15 cigars a day for most of his life. This is well known. And probably having some nice healthy hard liquor along with that. He had some goood genes. Plus he only died when he fell in a bathtub or something, it wasn’t a disease that got him. Does that mean smoking cigars has no health risks? You are so certain about Roundup being simply benign and beneficial. There have been court cases that have shown Monsanto has been deceptive and has lied about Roundup concerning how it biodegrades and portraying it as safe and without health risks. You certainly can find info to support what you want to believe. There are lots of studies showing showing health concerns with Roundup as I’ve shared. I, myself, tend to be more skeptical. You know that principle.

    Oh geez, that thing about aborted fetuses. Things do get twisted. Apparently there is a company that Pepsi sometimes works with that does use a cell line from aborted fetuses in their research to develop flavor enhancers. It’s not in Pepsi products though. http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/pepsi.asp

    Spending too much time here! Hopefully some of the info is beneficial to other people, as you don’t seem interested considering much of what I bring up. How do you have time to farm all those crops – corn, soybean, cotton and vegetables? Makes me wonder…

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  51. ted (to Jenna)

    Believe me….I’m ready to get to get outside and get to work and away from this too. This winter has been a doozy. Corn planting time is now and it is wet and 40 degrees here with more rain and cold weather coming next week. Do you believe in global warming or have you adjusted your outlook to the new one, climate change?

    Roundup is benign and beneficial would be in the eyes of the beholder. It is to the farmer and the environment from what I’ve seen and learned. I am involved in water quality issues with EPA. Pesticide contamination has never been mentioned as a big problem. The fertilizers we use are, in particular the manures. Gotta watch those organic guys. They are a sneaky bunch.

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  52. ted (to Ed Hughes)

    Yep. I saw that comment of the week. I would give that one a top 3 finish for sure. There was another about fetuses being used as taste enhancers with some follow-up posts by horrified others. And then one that said starvation is just nature’s way of not letting humans outgrow their food supply while in the same post bemoaning the demise of the Monarch butterfly’s food supply that is being sprayed with Roundup in our fields. She would rather go all organic and let people starve than feed them with GMO laden food. I had no idea that milkweed only grew under a airplane loaded with Roundup. You learn something new everyday here. Another suggested that a dissenter of the food babe just kill herself. I need to find a better crowd to run with.

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  53. Jenna (to Ed Hughes)

    Ed or T/ed, or maybe you are just Ed, I don’t know you seem similar. The thing is most basic table salt contains additives to keep it from clumping and to help it flow and remove excess moisture etc. Those additives could contain GMOs. So maybe that’s why they added non-GMO to the label. Don’t be such a j@ck@$$ with comments; you must be someone other than ted, because he usually isn’t that rude.

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  54. don cridland (to Belinda)

    facts are facts. these processed foods are income sources for companies. if we all ate natural foods every meal they wouldn’t have an industry. yes I do eat manufactured foods. pseudo meats. food manufacturers have proved that they need policing to eliminate the bargain cheap additive that otherwise will be wasted (thrown out ) or added to some other manufactured item. yoga matts and shoe souls come to mind. a great website keep up the good work !

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  55. Constance (to Belinda)

    Belinda, if randomness is a disqualifier, as you say, why should anyone reading these comments listen to you? If you have an educational website helping people learn about what’s really in their food, let me know. Also, if you’re doing what the FDA’s scientists are not–publicly holding Big Food accountable to a higher standard–I’d like to know.

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  56. Lisa (aka) SuperMom101 (to Belinda)

    Dear Belinda,

    After breast cancer at age 38, I discovered I don’t need a PhD in chemistry to know an “organic” apple a day helps keeps the doctor away. -Ben Franklin

    Don’t you also find it strange that America (and her children) have never been fatter or sicker and we can’t seem to figure out why? Meanwhile, we are told everything is fine with our highly processed, genetical modified, franken-engineered, artificially flavored, chemical banned*, factory-farmed food supply.

    After I experienced breast cancer at age 38 – there’s no food ingredient in my shopping cart that I can’t pronounce and when I eat out – it’s minimally “engineered” food for me. (And, I THOUGHT I was eating healthy before the cancer.)

    Best health always,
    Supermom-in-training

    *In most other countries

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  57. DB25 (to Belinda)

    Belinda, you think you are so clever. But the fact remains that no food label would tell you the chemical breakdown of apples. Prime example: A box of salt. It says “Ingredient: Salt”. It doesn’t list the chemical breakdown and no food label is required to do that. Vani isn’t saying all chemicals are bad for you. She’s explaining what a lot of these unpronounceable words are on food labels, and digging deeper into code words such as “natural flavors”. Corporations aren’t required to tell you a lot of things about what they do behind the scenes to make the garbage out there in the marketplace. If you want to side the big food lobbyists – that’s great – but come up with some better arguments to try and discredit this website and her work. Listing the chemical breakdown of coffee and trying to imply that Vani says “NO CHEMICALS IN THE WORLD FOR ANYONE!” just isn’t going to cut it.

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  58. Lisa McCoy (to Belinda)

    Well I do know what HFCS, GMO soybean oil, MSG and sugar are and I’m not a scientist. That’s all I need to know. The rest is just fuel for the proverbial garbage dump.

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  59. BoB (to Belinda)

    Dear Belinda, you dont know how whey off U R do U. The chemicals that this woman is railing against are toxic. She is not perfect and some items are not so bad but her point it well taken. U dont have to nit-pick. GMO, coal tar dyes, autolyzed, hydrolyzed, natural whatever, are all bad things in the food supply. Most of what is sold in a supermarket is toxic to human health. That is the point. Get it or dont get it.

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  60. Jesse (to Belinda)

    I can tell this person’s comment went way over some peoples head. What Belinda is trying to say is the majority of people don’t know what ANY of these chemicals are. How many people here can tell me what oleuropein is? What is the chemical configuration of this compound? How much of oleuropein is in your average serving of olive oil? Has any research shown a negative side effect from consuming oleurpein? Is much oleurpipein is safe to consume? This is just one of the many chemical compounds Belinda has listed for us that most of us don’t know what they do. Yet, we let our fear of the unknown guide our opinion on certain substances.

    That is the naturalist fallacy or chemical fear. You do not understand the chemical compounds listed in this article, yet you are letting someone with a COMPUTER SCIENCE degree dictate your actions. Consult with a trained professional on whether or not certain food preservatives are actually harmful to your health. Speak to an unbiased nutritionist if you want to know what’s in the food your eating. But please, don’t make dietary changes based of the opinion off someone who profits off your ignorance and fear. Have an accurate and an informed mind, and you’ll live a much healthier life.

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  61. JMC (to Belinda)

    Those are NATURALLY occurring chemicals in plants (or animals). Subway (or any other junk food company) is creating a storm of chemically-infused foods. I assume if you bought an apple from Subway it would say Ingredients: Apples, Citric Acid. I agree with the other poster…. high quality salt would have to have 40-70 minerals listed. It doesn’t. Why? Because high-quality salt is a natural product.

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  62. Bruce Sullivan (to Belinda)

    Don’t be pedantic. Clearly, any food could be broken down into its constituent components. But you’re smart enough to know that’s not what anyone here is talking about. You’re also seeming to show industry creds by referring to science and scientist in religious tones, as though they are somehow infallible. History teaches us — if we choose to learn — that nether science nor scientists are infallible. 20th century history alone is littered with products, additives, chemicals and medications that scientists somewhere pronounced to be ‘safe’ but were later found to be anything but. Further, both science and scientists can be and in today’s climate often are, manipulated by power and money. As a scientist for a large conglomerate, one might believe that her/his results indicate one outcome while the corporation chooses to present it in a different light, all in the interest of market share of shareholder returns.

    If you want to talk down to people, be prepared to not be heard. Listen first and you may be surprised what you learn.

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  63. Lisa (to Belinda)

    Belinda-
    True that any given chemical is not necessarily bad for you, but she is pointing out specific chemicals that are known carcinogens or have other known deleterious health effects.
    Also, having a degree does not give you magical abilities- any one has the ability to learn by reading, no matter what your “degree”, so don’t try to scare us away from taking our health into our own hands.

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  64. scott (to Belinda)

    thank you Belinda you are correct

    lisa she is trying to help ppl think, not scare you

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  65. Ed Hughes (to Jesse)

    First of “Ed is not Ted”, we are 2 separate commenters. Ted as he has stated is a farmer and thus has his own opinions (most of which I happen to agree with). Ed is a quality assurance manager in a food plant with a education in science, food safety and a daily dealing with the real (versus theoretical) world of food and food safety. Everything Belinda said above is true but to further pound the point home here is a simple one. Would you jump into a tank of Dihydrogen monoxide and sodium chloride? Would you even touch it with all those scary chemicals in it? Probably not because it doesn’t sound natural, well it is salt water. A couple months back foodbabe tells you all that “natural flavors” can be and often are “beaver-but” (castoreum). Yet the food plant I work in use well over 50 ingredients that can be labeled under FDA regulations as “natural flavors” and not one of them is beaver but. In fact the entire world wide yearly usage of B.B. is under 300 lbs. We do use allot of butter and cheese extracts (from real cheese and butter) that are labeled natural flavors. Natural flavors also can NOT by FDA rules be used to hide MSG, the FDA would fine my company if they caught me doing that. Hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, autolysed yeast extracts are not a way to sneak in “hidden monosodium glutamate”. They are a way to to get in glutamic acid (along with other amino acids) which enhances flavor but not as well as MSG does. MSG is a very specific molecule and if you change one atom in the chain it is no longer MSG but something else. Glutamic acids are related but not the exact same thing. If your scared of glutimates then you better cut all protein out of your diet because they are in ALL proteins, organic, GMO, non-GMO, free range, plant animal doesn’t matter all proteins contain glutimates.
    As to this naturalistic, organic, raw ect is always better idea I have a little recipe for anyone believing that. Get your self 1/2 lbs. of raw, organic, locally grown, non-GMO lima beans and 1/2 lbs of the same kidney beans. Soak till soft but save the water (full of natural goodness) add cruelty free organic, non-GMO extra virgin olive oil and some pink Himalayan sea salt (non-GMO of course). Have that for dinner and drink the soak water too (loaded with natural goodness). Its “yummy” wholesome goodness will “amaze” you!! Actually please dont do that because you will be dead by the next day as raw lima and kidney beans are toxic.
    And yes before anyone can say it “I am a shill for Monsanto”. They pay me by the word and the check is in the mail. (that last part was sarcasm)

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  66. Rose (to Jesse)

    To Jesse & Belinda
    Do you mean – have an accurate and informed mind like the “trained professionals” at Monsanto, or Bayer or the FDA or the CDC or the USDA or any of the other organizations who employ chemists & scientists? Cuz those folks that work at those places… how active are they at trying to educate the public with honesty and truth on toxicity in our foods, or the drugs they market, or the pesticides they use to grow crops and feed animals? What about all those rigged double-blind studies they pay for? Or all those vaccines they push? Or, or, or??? How many of them are in bed with each other?

    Have you heard of any one of those folks you refer to investing their time & money to develop a website that blows the whistle on practices that truly harm the health of people, animals & this planet? Don’t get me wrong, there is a need to police… but what is in place to check the hand of those who police? Dr. Mercola, Dr. Blaylock and Mike Adams all do a fantastic job of educating people – Mike Adams has a lab he developed to test products for heavy metals… does that qualify enough for you? I’m thinking Dr. Mercola and Dr. Blaylock have methods for insuring accuracy of content for their websites. What makes you think this website doesn’t have something in place to insure accuracy of content?

    Really – you think having an educational background in chemistry and science will benefit the average person reading this website… help them be more informed because they will then understand? In my opinion, anyone taking the time to research on their own whether or not they have a science background needs a solid pat on the back for taking responsibility for their own health, for what they put in their bodies – or how they treat the planet, grow food, raise animals for food – period. Doing individual research makes every industry be more accountable for the products they produce and sell…. the more informed the population can be, the less likely they are at being snowed.

    Having a computer science background has enabled this website to flourish – but its genuine heart for the lives of others that makes it thrive. Over the years, I’ve worked with many scientists who have turned a blind eye to things like vaccines, and drugs and every kind of thing that poisons people… blowing off anything that could be done naturally, holistically or otherwise healthfully – all while taking home a nice big pay check, touting with pride their extensive “informed” backbrounds, looking down their noses at the “average person” but never once truly looking at or giving credence to a holistic, natural, sustainable solution to the way people, animals and produce are treated or cared for.

    Having an educational background in science and chemistry does not make a person have ethics, conscience, care or integrity… does it? Having heart might improve the odds…. Bottom line: it’s love and compassion that moves a person to act in the best and highest interests for all.

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  67. Dani (to Jesse)

    The problem with Belinda’s chemical breakdown is that it doesn’t really prove her point. Of course everything in the world is made up of chemicals including our own bodies; however, food companies would never list the chemical breakdown if there were truly natural ingredients. If olive oil, coffee, and apples were ingredients in a packaged food that’s what they would write. They’re experts at marketing and know this would be easier for the consumer to understand. Yeah there is quite a bit of fear mongering on this site, but there are plenty of good points as well and her suggestions for what’s good to eat are certainly not going to be bad for me. And one thing I do know is that high fructose corn syrup, GMO soybean oil, and artificial color and flavorings do not need to be in my food for any reason.

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  68. Rose (to Bruce Sullivan)

    To Bruce – excellent comment. Hits the nail on the head!

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  69. Andrew (to JMC)

    I don’t think you understand that salt naturally occurs in formations underneath the ground…. High quality salt is pure Sodium Chloride. Nothing else… those other 40-70 minerals are impurities. Salt is an all natural product… Do you consider boiling water not natural??? that’s how salt is made… fresh water is pumped into the ground. The fresh water dissolves the salt, it’s brought back to the plant, then it gets put into a big pan, and the water is boiled, and the salt crystallizes out… That’s it.

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  70. Antonio (to )

    No. Not a joke. Gratitude.

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  71. DB25 (to DB25)

    To viriato77: How do you know what she’s studied? Are you her biographer? Are you intimately familiar with her school transcripts? How do you know anything???

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  72. Jaya (to Ed Hughes)

    Ed, everything could be considered “natural”, right? It all comes from the earth. But there is a big difference between listing “fructose” as an ingredient and listing “apples”. Food is being broken up into parts and considered the same. People shouldn’t need a degree to understand what they’re eating! We need whole foods not constantly processed foods. It seems like you see no difference. Fructose is fructose to you.

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