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Subway to remove chemical from bread that's used to give elasticity to foam mats

Subway removing chemical used to put the spring in foam from their bread.
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Subway's fresh baked bread contains a chemical that is also used in making foam yoga mats and the rubber soles for shoes. Subway is in the process of removing this chemical today from it's bread recipe following a protest against its use. The chemical is banned in a few countries, but yet the FDA allows it for an ingredient in food in the U.S., according to ABC News on Feb. 5.

The chemical called azodicarbonamide is used to mix air in with the foam of a yoga mat and give it elasticity. The chemical does pretty much the same thing for bread. You have to admit, it is subway's bread that makes that sandwich like no other!

Subway was under protest by a lone food blogger who got enough signatures on a petition to make Subway take notice. The petition asked that the restaurant franchise remove azodicarbonamide from their bread.

While Subway claims it had started the process of eliminating the chemical before the protest of the petition came to be, the blogger, Vani Hari, is taking credit for this. She believes it was her petition that got Subway address the problem.

Hari said she started investigating all the "healthy claims" about the Subway menu options coming from all over, including Michelle Obama, who sings the praises of Subway as a healthy choice for kids.

Subway also carries the American Heart Association logo, which surprised this blogger. Hari's "Food Babe" blog was able to get 50,000 others to take notice about this unhealthy additive and sign the online petition against Subway using this chemical.

The chemical which is banned in Australia and New Zealand is legal in the U.S. and Canada. She wants to remind folks that the chemical is still in that bread and suggests Subway fans wait until the chemical is removed before ordering up a Subway sandwich.

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