Would you eat your yoga mat? Not on purpose! Though some of us have gotten pretty dang close on occasion when attempting a tricky arm balance. Ahem. That’s just a little friendly yoga ribbing (and foreshadowing and maybe some deja vu). Here’s the real question: Do you eat Subway sandwiches? Then you might want to reassess your answer to the first question because there’s an ingredient in Subway’s bread that is certainly not eating “fresh,” unless you consider that to be rubber fresh.
Azodicarbonamide sounds pretty delicious, right? It’s a chemical used to make yoga mats and rubbery objects like the soles of your shoes, or you know, the McRib sandwich. It’s been known to cause respiratory issues like asthma and allergies and studies have even linked it to cancer. Subway uses it as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner for their bread that, involuntarily, you can smell for a four block radius because they pump that business out to the streets.
Subway has addressed this gross use of a creepy chemical and said they will stop including it (who knows when for sure), but not before a petition was created to stop their continued use of it. The petition, started by activist and serial chemical ingredient avenger, Vani Hari, asks Subway top execs to stop using azodicarbonamide and has over 64,000 signatures. Oh yeah, Subway only uses azodicrapola in North America, because it’s actually banned in some other countries. Think of that next time you try to choose the healthiest fast food option to “Eat Fresh.”
On a related note, you might consider purchasing a naturally-sourced, eco-friendly yoga mat.