Sandwich Chain Has Been Making Bread With Chemical Found in Yoga Mats

subwayNow you can have your yoga mat and NOT eat it too! Wait, no, that's weird. Now you don't have to eat a yoga mat when you eat a sub! No, that doesn't make sense. Oh well, I'll just say it: Subway will remove a chemical found in yoga mats from its bread. I know, right? That still sounds crazypants. Apparently the chain's sandwich bread contains a chemical called Azodiacarbonamide. And that happens to be a chemical found in yoga mats, too. Maybe it's what gives them both their spongy texture?

As a matter of fact, yes, that is what the chemical is used for. When used in foods, it's referred to as a "dough conditioner," but when used in things like sneaker soles, it's used to increase elasticity. When this ingredient was revealed by popular health blogger Vani Hari, people complained, and the rest is history. Well, Azodiacarbonamide is history.

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Just as an aside, if I were to make up a crazy chemical name, I think I'd probably come up with Azodiacarbonamide. I mean, it has the word "zodiac" -- ZODIAC! Why? So weird. Anyway.

It's probably FDA-safe (which means it won't kill you today), so it's not like the chain has been poisoning people. Lord knows we eat all kinds of different chemicals every day.

I knew there was a reason why I don't like the bread smell of Subway. I'm in the minority, I know -- most people love it. I wonder if the smell will change? Will people still follow their noses? I would think if anything, the change in recipe would make the bread smell and taste better.

Do you care if your sandwich bread is made with Azodiac-whatever?


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bills... billsfan1104

I never liked the smell of the bread either. I thought it was the plastic it was cookin on.

Now, my moms bread smells awesome!!

LeeshaE LeeshaE

Azodicarbonamide is also found in McRib sandwiches FYI

mamat... mamatreat

They also put MSG on their veggies and lettuce. And don't get me started on what's in their meat...

Rhodin Rhodin

The worst Subway I ever smelled was in a hospital.  The combo of fake bread and industrial-strength antiseptic was unique and horrible.

Emma Graham

My husband always says that Subway bread baking smells like a bakery farted.

white... whitetrashqueen

All my friends thought I was crazy when I told them I would not eat at Subway because literally every time I got sick. I have eaten sandwiches at other restaurants with out vomiting or feeling nauseous but Subway would do me in.  Now I know why!

nonmember avatar Becki

Mamatreat there is no MSG on the veggies. I worked at subway for 3-4 years. The lettuce comes prepackaged like you would buy in a grocery store. The tomatoes and onions and green peppers and cucumbers are sliced daily. The olives come out of a can just like at the grocery store. Don't say things if you really have no clue. You might not like subway, but if you don't really know don't say anything.

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