Subway To Remove Yoga Mat Chemical from Bread: Chemicals Banned in Other Countries That America Still Allows

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On Thursday, Subway graciously pledged to remove the chemical azodiacarbonamide from its bread recipe following a campaign led by food blogger Vani Hari. The chemical, added as a dough conditioner, is used to increase elasticity in a number of other products, including yoga mats and rubber-soled shoes. Azodiacarbonamide is approved for use in foods by the USDA and the FDA, despite being banned in the UK, Europe, and Australia.

Subway said in a statement that it has already begun the process of removing the chemical from its bread and will complete the full conversion soon. The chain has recently joined First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy eating initiative and is keen to promote a fresh and healthy image. Removing this ingredient, which those in countries where it's banned claim may be linked to respiratory issues, is certainly a step in the right direction.

But azodiacarbonamide is not the only ingredient that we regularly consume in the U.S. despite bans in other countries. Here are some of the most common offenders.

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