Subway Will Remove Chemicals From Bread

By: Alexandria Sardam - February 9, 2014

Subway announced that they will be removing the chemical that’s been soaking inside their bread. This is the same chemical used in yoga mats and shoe soles.

The recent change was announced after a food blogger received more than 50,000 signatures in a petition urging the sub chain to stop using the harsh chemical.

Subway claims to have already been in the process of removing the chemical before blogger Vani Hari started the petition.

“The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon,” Subway said in a statement. The company said the move had nothing to do with the protest and that it was “already in the process of removing azodicarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts.”

“When you look at the ingredients, if you can’t spell it or pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it,” said Hari.

Hari claimed she’d been researching the company’s bread ingredients since 2012 and was shocked to find the plastic-based additive listed.

“I commend Subway for finally responding to me and now over 57,000 concerned citizens. Their swift action is a testament to what power petitions and individuals who sign them can have,” Hari said. “I’d like to note that current Subway sandwiches still have this ingredient, and urge everyone not to eat their sandwich bread until they have finally removed the chemical.”

Why has the “healthy” chain been using this nasty chemical inside their bread?

According to the blogger, the chemical fills yoga mats with air, helping them rise. Subway was using it to help their bread rise.

Subway hasn’t mentioned the incident on any of their social media outlets. Instead, the company has focused their attention on the fight against women’s heart disease.

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  • MaleMatters

    Re: "Subway hasn’t mentioned the incident on any of their social media outlets. Instead, the company has focused their attention on the fight against women’s heart disease."

    Subway is yet another entity committed to sexism:

    In general, men incur heart disease about ten years sooner than women and die of it at a much higher rate at every age.

    To raise the awareness only of women's heart disease is not just cruel sexism but also racism, given that the group at the highest risk is black men.


    "Women’s advocates wrong about why more women die of heart disease than men"

    • anon.

      I get where you are coming from, but the only reason the is a National Awareness day about this is because women don't have the classic signs of a heart attack as men normally do. Doctors normally over look women having a heart attack because of this. A woman can have symptoms completely different than a man can. I think that this holiday should be for heart disease in general no sexist label on it, just heart disease.

  • Lalit Sharma

    Noboday has shared the such incidents, thanks dude, see more trending news at