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Subway Bread Will No Longer Contain a Chemical Found in Yoga Mats and Shoes

As a company that uses "Eat Fresh" as its slogan, it was pretty shocking to learn that the bread is baked with azodicarbonamide, an additive commonly found in yoga mats and shoe rubber. However, according to the Huffington Post, the company has recently decided to remove that chemical from the baking process after a barrage of negative Facebook comments on the company's page. Since Subway bread isn't the only fast food that uses the chemical, this might spell change across the board for companies looking to appease Americans, who are now more conscious of the food they eat and what goes into it.

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Angry Subway fans took to the company's Facebook page in protest of the use of the chemical, which is used allegedly as a bleaching agent in the bread. According to the Huffington Post, Subway doesn't use the chemical in bread baked for stores in Europe and Australia. Luckily, the Tuesday maelstrom of comments paid off for concerned American sandwich eaters and the company has decided to stop using the chemical, though "soon" is the only time stamp on the change as of now. From the looks of Subway's Facebook, it seems Americans are equally concerned with the company's "partnership" with Michelle Obama, but we digress.

Most other fast food companies, like McDonald's and Wendy's, use bread made with azodicarbonamide, but it's likely that Subway's insistence on being healthy had something to do with people targeting the company for petitions and change. According to Subway, the company had planned to remove the additive from the bread recipe before the petition had been formed. Either way, we hope these other companies will take after Subway (never thought we'd say that) and stop using questionable ingredients in its food.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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