Not Just Subway: Nearly 500 Foods Contain Yoga Mat Chemical


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You may have heard about the petition to get the food additive azodicarbonamide (also known as ADA) – a chemical foaming agent commonly used in yoga mats, shoe soles and floor mats – out of Subway breads. Food activist blogger Vani Hari of Food Babe lead the petition last month, which prompted Subway to agree to remove the additive from its breads.

While this is good news, Subway isn’t the only brand with azodicarbonamide in its food. In fact, there are nearly 500 foods in grocery stores with the yoga mat chemical.

Not Just Subway: Nearly 500 Foods Contain Yoga Mat Chemical

Why is azodicarbonamide so bad?

According to Food Babe:

Azodicarbonamide is a yellow orangish powder, more commonly used commercially in the creation of foamed plastics – like yoga mats, shoe soles, floor mats and window gaskets.

The FDA allows food companies to use azodicarbonamide as a flour bleaching agent and dough conditioner in any food product giving it a status of GRAS or “Generally Regarded As Safe”.

But, the FDA doesn’t even keep track of the companies who use azodicarbonamide as an ingredient. The lack of information leads the FDA to not update or include an toxicity information about this ingredient in its EAFUS or “Everything Added to Food in the United States” database.

Azodicarbonamide has been banned in other countries, yet it’s still considered safe to use in the US. It’s been linked to respiratory issues, allergies and asthma.

Are You Eating Yoga Mats?

In the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) food database of 80,000 foods, azodicarbonamide was listed as an ingredient in nearly 500 foods from 130 brands, including many advertised as healthy.

Are you eating these foods? Here’s a partial list – see the full list of foods with azodicarbonamide.

  1. Archer Farms – Simply Balanced 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
  2. Betty Crocker – Pasta Caesar Salad
  3. Country Hearth – Split Top Wheat Bread, Hearty Homestyle 100% Whole Wehat Bread
  4. Fiber One – Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns
  5. Fleischmann’s – Simply Homemade No Knead Bread Mix
  6. Ihop – French Toast Sandwich
  7. Jimmy Dean – French Toast Griddlers, Sausage-Egg-Cheese Muffins and more
  8. Kid Cuisine – Kc’s Campfire Hot Dig
  9. Marie Calender’s – Flaky Croissant with Ham & Swiss
  10. Pillsbury – Italian Bread, Toaster Scrambles, Toaster Strudel Pastries and more
  11. Sara Lee – Cinnamon Raisin Bagels, Honey Wheat Bread, White Bread and many other bread products
  12. Smucker’s – Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwich and other varities of Uncrustables
  13. Sun-Maid – Raisin Bread, Cinnamon Swirl
  14. Tyson – Mini Chicken Sandwiches and other varities of chicken sandwiches
  15. Village Hearth – 100% Whole Wheat Bread, Light 12 Grain Bread and others
  16. Weight Watchers Smart Ones – English Muffin Sandwich, Egg Whites & Cheese and Candadian Style Bacon
  17. Wonder – Light Wheat Bread

And that’s not all. There are many fast food restaurants that feature ADA, including McDonalds English McMuffin and Arby’s sesame seed bun. Even the butter croissant at Starbucks contain the yoga mat chemical.

What You Should Eat Instead?

Avoid foods with azodicarbonamide. This chemical basically gives cheap, processed food a “freshly baked” taste. Instead opt for REAL fresh baked goods or buy from brands that you trust that don’t contain azodicarbonamide and other harmful ingredients.

Making your own bread isn’t difficult and you can batch cook to save more time.

Here’s a list of my favorite bread recipes:

Check out 10 Foods NOT to Buy at the Grocery Store and Chemical Additives Lurking in Gluten-Free Foods.

Not Just Subway: Nearly 500 Foods That Contain Yoga Mat Chemical - DontMesswithMama.com

Sources
1. http://foodbabe.com/2013/09/23/are-you-eating-this-ingredient-banned-all-over-the-world/
2. http://foodbabe.com/subway/

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About Tracey Black

Hi, I’m Tracey. Welcome to Don’t Mess with Mama. Join me to stand up against junk food, processed food, and anything artificial. I’ll show you how to cook wholesome, gluten free (and grain free) meals with real food ingredients to nourish your family. Plus, learn how to get the toxins and chemicals out of your home for good with my favorite DIY and homemade recipes for beauty, personal care and cleaning products.

Comments

  1. This is so wrong on so many levels, absolutely disgusting, how is this even legal to put a chemical like that in food that is suppose to be fit for human consumption? Outrageous! This makes you want to cook at home all the time, its not worth it to go out the dinner anymore. You think your eating something healthy but its plywood, yoga mat material and heaven knows what else. I’m grateful to you Tracey and Vani aka The Food Babe for bringing this to light. Almost scared to learn what else is out there. Very scary however knowledge is power

    • I love reading comments like this. THANK YOU for visiting and taking the time to get informed. It makes blogging so worthwhile to me when I hear that one of my posts makes a difference.

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