RefAnnBib 2

Part 1: Bibliographic Entry

Satran, Joe. “13 Common Foods Containing The ‘Shoe Rubber’ Chemical Banned From Subway.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 28 Feb. 2014,

Part 2: Background and Credibility of Author & Source

Joe is a staff writer for The Huffington Post. He was an English major at Yale and has worked at DETAILS magazine, for the Huffington Post Blog Team, and at the Yale Sustainable Food Project. In college, he started Yale’s biggest campus blog, The Bullblog. He lives in Los Angeles.

Part 3: Precis

In this article, Satran informs his audience that sandwich chain Subway announced that it was removing Azodicarbonamide  — a chemical used in shoe rubber and yoga mats — from its bread. Azodicarbonamide is a common ingredient in processed foods. The World Health Organization has said it’s safe for human consumption. But studies have linked it to asthma, skin and respiratory problems, and cancer-causing chemicals. A new study found it in nearly 500 products sold under 120 brand names.

Part 4: Reflection

After I read this article, I was appalled by the ingredients some foods include.  Although one major chain has removed it from its product there are still hundreds of food products that may be unsafe for consumption.

Part 5: Quotables

“some studies have suggested it could be linked with asthma and skin and respiratory problems.”

“Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, suggests that azodicarbonamide is far more common than we may have realized”

“The list of foods runs the gamut from the “healthy” — Weight Watchers meals, Fiber One breads — to the obviously processed and indulgent — Entenmann’s pastries, White Castle Cheeseburgers.”

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4 thoughts on “RefAnnBib 2

  1. There is a lot of potential for this topic. Subway is a prime example of using shocking ingredients in their foods. I would look into other fast food chains that are doing the same. Look at the long and short term consequences of the consumption of these foods at varying levels. Also, not sure if you have ever seen this video on YouTube but they put a Big Mac and fries in a container and watch it transform. I believe they also compare it with another burger, not from other fast food restaurants, but just a normal burger.

  2. This is a really great example of how people would prefer convenience over quality. This article was released in 2014, so as part of your argument, you can talk about why it took so long for them to discontinue that ingredient. Since 2014 wasn’t too long ago, we’ve probably had decades of consuming this problem, so I think that could make a strong argument. Going further in your research, I would research why people buy fast foods over healthier foods and the effect that it has on people. Other than convenience, I’ve seen research on how healthier and organic foods are more expensive than the other end of the spectrum. This leaves those who can’t afford these ingredients to resort to fast food and other processed foods.

  3. The topic of fast food and what ingredients are used in them has been a topic in my mind for quite some time now, so I am glad that you are writing your research paper about it. The general public relies on organizations like the WHO and FDA to ensure our safety when consuming these foods and perhaps we put too must trust in them. We as a society should take it upon ourselves to educate ourselves on what ingredients go into a fast food burger, or any food for that matter. Perhaps in your research you can find a study in which people are questioned if they know what goes into a fast food item, like a McDonalds chicken nugget. I think a study like that would be very interesting and a great example to put into your research paper.

  4. Hi, Victor! This is a great topic to talk about. The inclusion of statistics and expertise from health experts is certainly a great way to express how bizarre some of these ingredients used in processed foods are. Although not necessary, you may want to consider why fast food restaurants are getting away with using these ingredients, and why so many people still eat at these chains. Perhaps giving a bit of historical context or a deeper analysis of the rise of fast food chains will help you articulate your argument.

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