Azodicarbonamide is a dough conditioner used by bread processors to give bread the perfect combination of airy and chewy, and it's a bleaching agent allowed in flour. But it's also a blowing agent used by the rubber and plastics industries to make products like shoe soles and yoga mats springy.
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Popular blogger Vani Hari, aka Food Babe, shined the light on a common chemical bread ingredient: azodicarbonamide. It is used as a flour bleaching agent, but also in the use of foamed plastics like yoga mats.
She zeroed in on Subway restaurant for its healthy claims and slogan “Eat fresh” – azodicarbonamide certainly isn't “fresh.” Most patrons were unaware of this ingredient until the news broke. Because of the backlash, Subway has removed the ingredient from their breads. Unfortunately, there are a host of other companies using it, Environmental Working Group reports. Furthermore, it doesn't change the other unhealthy ingredients in Subway foods – Nick noted they were, at one point, adding fertilizer to …
But don't stop with azodicarbonamide. Lefferts says that another dough conditioner, called potassium bromate, is just as problematic. Bromate is a carcinogen, and while most of it breaks down into bromide during baking, trace amounts of bromate linger in the baked bread, posing a potential cancer risk.
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