Subway Bread Will No Longer Contain A Chemical Called Azodiacarbonamide

By: Tobias Roth - February 20, 2014

Most people are probably unaware, but the bread that is prepared at Subway has a chemical in it that has been used as a dough conditioner. It may be hard to believe, but the same chemical is also used in yoga mats, shoe rubber, and leather.

Subway’s sandwiches were famously used to make Jared Fogle lose weight, and they certainly do not want to have an unhealthy image of the company floating around. It seems safe to say that something that is used in such things as yoga mats and shoe rubber should not be digested in the human body.

As a fast food chain that prides itself on being a healthier option than the others, Subway has agreed to adjust their bread making process, and their bread will no longer contain a chemical called Azodiacarbonamide. The chemical supposedly makes the bread whiter and puffier.

In relation to the chemical-filled Subway bread, the fast food chain recently released a statement that said “We are already in the process of removing Azodiacarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is USDA and FDA approved ingredient. The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon.”

The American population has been made aware of this fact thanks to Vani Hari, a blogger and food activist, She blogs under the name “Food Babe,” and is the writer for the website FoodBabe.com. After making people aware of the chemical, and how she felt about its use, Hari’s petition was able to get over 67,000 signatures. A petition of this size easily gained the attention of Subway and has forced a change in the methods of making their sandwich breads.

Hari also made an interesting point when talking about the types of chemicals that are often used in the food industry, and said “When you look at the ingredients, if you can’t spell it or pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it.”

She was made aware of a visit to Subway from Michelle Obama in Washington D.C., and decided to enlighten the public about the danger that could exist when eating Subway bread. The First Lady was there to commend the chain for joining her healthy eating initiative, which meant pledging to have nutritious foods on its kids menu. As with several other chemicals, Azodiacarbonamide is banned in the UK, Europe, and Australia, although it is USDA and FDA approved.

Of course, Subway bread is not the only thing in fast food chains that includes this potentially dangerous chemical. It can also be found in items sold at Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, and many other chains. Will any of the others follow suit?

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About the Author

Tobias RothTobias Roth is a writer, and received his bachelor's degree in English with a concentration on Film Studies from Michigan State University. He has always loved watching movies and enjoys live music when he can. He also loves being outdoors and enjoys a good game of ultimate frisbee. Follow him on Twitter: @tobiasiroth

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  • Carrotroot

    She is not a Chemical Engineer, Azodicarbonamide is not used in the way that she is talking about. This is like telling people not to eat oranges because we make strong cleaning agents and makeup from their skin.

    • Trevahaha

      Exactly. I love the references on every article stating it is used in “yoga mats, shoe rubber, and leather” and sensationalizing the ingredient. I’m not saying it’s a good thing, but come on! It’s right along the lines of what you’re stating with orange, or even water (used in nearly all manufacturing)!

  • Talia Afoa

    It will be fixed “soon?” What date is that?

    • DKENNEDY

      Do you really care what the date is? How can you trust a company that would do something like this at all? It’s not worth the risk. EVERYTHING you do/put into your body now…WILL effect you at some point! ~Just sayin

  • DKennedy

    WTF is wrong with our FDA? Obviously they don’t give a crap about the American people & doing their job. I will NEVER eat at Subway again…regardless of them changing anything now. As far as I’m concerned, they knew the POISON was in their bread & they didn’t care UNTIL they got caught….what else is harmful to our bodies that they are putting in their food?

    • Trevahaha

      Better not eat at most places in the US that serve bread/buns: Starbucks, McDonalds, Arby’s, etc.