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Jillian Michaels Urges Subway to Remove High Fructose Corn Syrup from Breads

“I told em if they take it out of their bread I’ll do a commercial for free,” said Jillian Michaels in response to learning that Subway breads contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

The star trainer of NBC’s Biggest Loser, a program sponsored by the restaurant, announced that she “Had NO idea Subway had HFC in their bread til you guys pointed it out,” referring to her loyal fan base of more than 250,000 followers on Facebook.

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The sandwich chain, which markets itself as a healthier alternative to fast food, has been a fixture in product placements on The Biggest Loser, a weight loss program that prides itself on teaching clean eating habits. The ranch, where contestants are isolated and go through an intense weight loss journey, restricts any foods that aren’t organic and are processed. So it’s an interesting revelation to learn that one of the show’s primary sponsors serves the contestants, and millions of customers, food with a processed ingredient that would never be permitted inside the hallowed halls of the Biggest Loser ranch.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is a man-made ingredient that can be found in nearly every variety of processed or packaged foods. This syrup, which is made from cornstarch, has been treated with an enzyme that converts some of the glucose in the molecule to fructose, which is sweeter. Because of its ability to preserve and extend processed foods’ shelf life, and being a cheaper additive than sugar, it has become a very popular ingredient by food manufacturers. HFCS has been blamed as one of the culprits in the growing obesity epidemic.

Fans have been very vocal about their dislike of the blatant product placements during Biggest Loser episodes. “We’re obligated to do show integrations per NBC contract. We’re not paid for them. However, I only do the ones I eat personally,” Jillian responded via this particular Facebook thread. “I eat the veggie 1 all the time but, the HFC is a bummer.”

Subway is currently sponsoring the continued weight loss journey of Shay Sorrells, a season 8 contestant who at the time was the show’s heaviest contestant ever. She will weigh in at the May 25 season finale of Biggest Loser 9 and earn $1,000, paid by Subway, for every pound she loses.

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March 18th, 2010

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I cannot consume anything with HFCS even in the smallest amounts. The stuff sends me to the bathroom. Subway is still using it in some of its condiments and deserts, but removing the stuff from its breads is a good start. I would not be surprised if HFCS gets banned one day. I believe it's very damaging to the liver.

posted Sep 22nd, 2010 1:52 am


Come One Subway! Remove HFCS from your breads, so you can Truly be a Healthy

posted Jul 9th, 2010 12:06 am


People would also do well to support Ivan Royster's BAN HFCS page on Facebook to stay well informed on this fight. Food companies are making profits at the expense of consumers' health and this has to change. Vote with your wallets.

posted Jun 30th, 2010 7:00 pm


Cornrefiner, obviously you have a dog in the proverbial fight. The lies you spew about the HFCS are probably your company line in the futile hope of holding on to this toxic sweetener and your livelihood. The saddest part is you probably believe the lies, which is the only way you can justify your contribution to the decline in the overall health of America.
Researchers have taken 15 years to finally map the biochemical pathway that HFCS take when consumed. The liver actually has to process 9 times the calories of glucose - which saturates all of the pathways of metabolism the liver has to offer. HFCS are metabolized very similar to Ethanol (grain alcohol), but it does not cross the blood brain barrier - hence, no change in cognitive function.
The resulting metabolic calamity is horrifying. Increased Uric Acid (gout), decreased Nitric Oxide (hypertension) and 8 of the 12 disease states seen with alcoholism are seen with chronic HFCS consumption.
The power of the almighty dollar will ultimately make the decision and consumers will vote with their pocketbooks.
In summary, if you wouldn't give your child a beer, why would you give them a food/drink full of HFCS.

posted Jun 29th, 2010 9:06 pm



First off, "Fine in moderation" means, "This stuff will hurt you. Eat it sparingly."

Secondly, you quote the American Diabetic Association and the American Medical Association in defense of high fructose corn syrup.

Well, evidently nobody at the ADA or the AMA told the Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Department, of which I was a recent procedural guest (at age 51), of the safety of your product -- because they told me SPECIFICALLY to "avoid foods containing high fructose corn syrup", as HFCS does not digest the same as regular sucrose.

If the Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Department is telling me this, they you better believe I'm going to listen, because they saved my life - you didn't!

You must think the American public is stupid if you think you can spill this garbage at us. Your product is garbage, and, at the very least, destructive.

posted Jun 29th, 2010 8:34 pm

Organic Eater

HFCS and sugar might be CALORICLY the same, but that doesn't mean they effect the body the same. HFCS isn't recognized by the body as a sugar so it doen't prompt an insulin response the way natural sugars do. So eating HFCS doesn't satisfy a sweet craving the way a sugar would. HFCS is also processed by the liver which means your body thinks it's a toxin.

posted Jun 7th, 2010 2:27 pm


The research proves that HFCS is bad for you. And they say it is good in moderation but pretty hard to eat it in moderation when it is every thing we eat. Only reason it is in every thing is because it is cheap since the government subsides corn. I hope subway listens and takes it out then I can start eating there again.

posted Apr 14th, 2010 6:28 pm


I wouldn't worry about this David fella, hes posted on at least 7 forums his lie's about HFCS. Dont question him about GMO and its relation to HFCS, though he will call you a conspiracy theorist and ignore any attempts to reason with you on this.

posted Apr 3rd, 2010 10:52 pm

Rob Witte

A princeton university research team actually found in a study with rats that there was a significant difference between HFCS and Sucrose resulting in major obesity in the test rats on HFCS versus those taking in Sucrose.

The reason given for the difference is that the fructose molecules in HFCS are unbound, resulting in a higher absorption rate.

posted Mar 23rd, 2010 7:09 pm


Consumers are being misled into thinking that there are nutritional differences between high fructose corn syrup and sugar, when in fact they are nutritionally the same. Whether from cane, beets, or corn, a sugar is a sugar. They all contain four calories per gram. Switching out a kind of corn sugar for table sugar is not for health and it is not for science.

High fructose corn syrup has contributed to food choice & value for decades. It is a safe ingredient that is used in many different ways in many foods ?? sometimes in very small amounts with a limited effect on total calories. Taking bran cereal as an example, Americans would need to eat 87 bowls in a single day to reach the recommended daily allowance of added sugars from high fructose corn syrup. For bread, they would need to eat 39 slices. For spaghetti sauce - 20 servings. For salad dressing - 50 servings.

According to the American Dietetic Association, ??high fructose corn syrup?is nutritionally equivalent to sucrose. Once absorbed into the blood stream, the two sweeteners are indistinguishable.?

The American Medical Association stated that, ??Because the composition of high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are so similar, particularly on absorption by the body, it appears unlikely that high fructose corn syrup contributes more to obesity or other conditions than sucrose.?

You can read the latest research and learn more about high fructose corn syrup at .

Audrae Erickson, Corn Refiners Association

posted Mar 19th, 2010 5:03 pm

David Driscoll

And what is the difference between HFCS And sucrose? A few % fructose? Please don't use the natural vs synthetic arguement and show an ignorance of chemistry

posted Mar 19th, 2010 7:40 am


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