By now, many of you may have probably heard the news that Subway will remove the “yoga mat chemical,” azodicarbonamide, from its breads next week. While we at Rudi’s are encouraged that this announcement is helping to start a conversation about what actually is IN the food we eat and feed to our kids, we feel like a major part of the conversation is missing—how we can avoid ingredients like azodicarbonamide, and ultimately choose foods that are made only with cleaner, healthier ingredients for our families and the environment.
Here’s a simple solution for you.
Did you know that one easy way you can avoid foods made with ingredients like azodicarbonamide is to purchase organic options? By definition, certified organic foods cannot be made with artificial additives, preservatives and GMOs.
What’s more encouraging is that organic options can provide more nutritional value. You may have seen the news coverage late last year that Washington State University released a study that showed organic milk has a healthier ratio of fatty acids than conventional milk due to a greater reliance on pasture and forage-based feeds on organic dairy farms, for instance. Additionally, in 2012, The Organic Center released a study, “A Closer Look at What’s In Our Daily Bread,” that found that 63 percent of packaged organic bread ingredients are significant sources of important nutrients, compared to 27 percent in conventional packaged bread. Plus, the study found that organic bread has more whole food ingredients at 49 percent than conventional bread at 12 percent.
While recent studies and food labeling debates about GMOs have, no doubt, encouraged more people to read ingredient lists, much still needs to be done to build awareness of what’s actually in our food and to encourage larger producers to use only those ingredients we feel good about.
For our part, we can proudly share that we believe there is a better way to bake bread and that includes a commitment to using only the best ingredients that you can recognize and pronounce, like organic whole wheat flour, salt and yeast. We’ve always said no to the junk and never used chemicals, artificial additives, preservatives or GMOs in our breads.
We’d love for you to try our breads and hear what you think about this conversation. Check out our Facebook page for coupons, or visit our Loaf for Less page. You can find a store near you that carries Rudi’s Organic products by visiting our Where to Buy tool, too.