Subway takes shoe rubber chemical out of bread

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Subway sandwiches
Subway sandwiches are often advertised as fresh and heart healthy.

When it comes to eating fast food, Subway seems like a safe bet for a healthy meal. Their slogan is “eat fresh” and they advertise all kinds of low calorie sandwiches. However, in response to a food blogger and over 57,000 petition signatures, the franchise agreed to take out a chemical called “azodicarbonamide” – found in plastics – from its bread. Whoa!

If azodicarbonamide doesn’t sound very “fresh”, that’s because it’s not. This substance is often found in yoga mats and shoe soles to create stretchiness, and according to the company, they used it to “condition dough” to strengthen baked bread. Based on information provided by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, there hasn’t been much research on the chemical.

According to the American Bakers Association, however, azodicarbonamide is pretty safe to use at low levels and works wonders on the quality of the bread. If the chemical is removed, there is no other substitute that could do the same. Though Subway has removed azodicarbonamide, it has broken trust with many loyal customers.

Featured image courtesy of Rebecca Marsh on Wikipedia. Image of subway sandwiches courtesy of hazelisles on Flickr,