Irish court rules Subway “bread” ain’t real bread

In a judgement published on Tuesday, the court ruled that the bread served at Subway, the US chain that hawks giant sandwiches in 110 countries and territories, could not in fact be defined as bread because of its high sugar content…

the court pointed out, Ireland’s Value-Added Tax Act of 1972 draws a distinction between staple foods – bread, tea, coffee, cocoa, milk and “preparations or extracts of meat or eggs” – and “more discretionary indulgences” such as ice-cream, chocolate, pastries, crisps, popcorn and roasted nuts.

The clincher was the act’s strict provision that the amount of sugar in bread “shall not exceed 2% of the weight of flour included in the dough”.

Eeoough! I don’t add any sugar to the bread I bake for myself, every week. Not even a teaspoon to kick off the yeast. Just not my inclination or style. Two-percent of the weight of flour in the loaf is a helluva lot of sugar.

Trying to build in an early sugar addiction or what?

3 thoughts on “Irish court rules Subway “bread” ain’t real bread

  1. Mark says:

    I’ve always considered Subway bread as non-bread. The smell of the ‘bread’ cooking is just not right. Smells like it comes out of a tube.

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