Subway’s Plan To Remove ‘Yoga Mat’ Chemical From Bread

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Subway states the substance in its bread used to make yoga mats will be totally gone from its bread by next week.

The disclosure comes as Subway has actually endured from bad publicity thanks to thanks to a petition introduced by Vani Hari of to remove the chemical.

The ingredient in question, azodicarbonamide (ADA), is accepted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a lightening agent and as a dough conditioner, which makes the dough less complicated to manage and puffier and hard; making it adequate to hold up against delivery and storage space. As for yoga mats the chemical is used make mats squishy, sturdy – if not enough, the chemical is also used on soles of running footwear.

Aside from Subway, the chemical is also found in Starbucks, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Hamburger Master, and Dunkin’ Donuts breads; and in more than 130 brand names of breads and cooked products, identified as healthy and balanced. Subway is feeling the heat and comes just weeks after First Lady Michelle Obama gave Subway a stamp of approval as a healthy choice destination for children.

My three cents: 

Just the thought of chewing on yoga mats for the past six years or so is a little unsettling. No quite sure how I feel about this one. Like the old saying goes, “there is always a price for convenience”…I just never imagined that throwing a little bit of BAM! yoga mat in my sandwich would be my cost.

Ilen Bell is a certified fitness professional and co-founder of Black Fitness Today. His passion for community advocacy, producing relevant stories and providing tools and resources that cater to the underserved African American community remain at the forefront. His credentials include advanced education in exercise science and internet marketing, the fitness industry highly-respected certified strength and conditioning specialist certification, and multiple web fitness series on top websites and He is focused on further building explosive, dynamic and approachable brands to help the African American man and woman feel empowered, valued and identified in the global health and fitness industry.

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