Following in the footsteps of major food chains like Panera Bread and Taco Bell, Subway has decided to remove artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives from its food in North America by 2017, according to the AP.
What does this mean exactly? The banana peppers, for example, will get their hue from turmeric instead of from Yellow No. 5. And in the turkey, Subway will replace a preservative called proprionic acid with vinegar.
Here's what Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group, had to say about the move:
EWG commends Subway for giving Americans something they increasingly want: clean food. Within 18 months, all of Subway’s sandwiches, salads and soups will be free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives. We also commend Subway for taking out artificial transfats, high-fructose corn syrup, and the notorious 'yoga mat' chemical ADA (azodicarbonimide) from its food, while also reducing the sodium content.
We hope this trend never loses momentum!
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