Yoga Mat Ingredient Found in Nearly 500 Foods
Posted March 10, 2014on:
Would you like some synthetic shoe leather in that sandwich? You’d probably gasp if your sandwich builder asked you that, but the truth is, azodicarbonamide, an industrial chemical foaming agent used to make synthetic leather as well as yoga mats and dozens of other consumer products, is found in nearly 500 foods, according to a new report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Azodicarbonamide, also known as ADA, makes materials—and bread—strong, light, spongy, and malleable, which makes it appealing to food scientists, who have slipped it into all sorts of your favorite foods, including many bread products. That’s right, a yoga mat ingredient in your food is a real thing you now have to deal with, on top of all of the pesticides and other nasty food additives in the U.S. food system. In addition to yoga mats and shoe soles, the chemical is used in attic foam insulation. It’s been approved as a food additive in the U.S. since 1962, despite the fact that it’s banned in the European Union and Australia.
Subway recently announced plans to phase ADA out of its breads, thanks to a petition created by food-safety advocate Vani Hari, aka the Food Babe, but the chemical is still found in bread used at many other fast food chains like Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, and Burger King, according to EWG.