Personally, I chuckle every time I hear the Subway slogan, Eat Fresh! If consuming highly processed grains and chemically laden meats is “eating fresh” then no wonder our country’s rate of disease is on the rise. Recently, Subway has been asked to remove a chemical additive used in their bread that is also used as a chemical foaming agent in yoga mats and flip flops. The chemical is called azodicarbonamide (ADA) and is a big part of the plastics industry. The FDA deems this chemical as safe, but ADA has not undergone extensive testing for its potential to destroy human health. At this time, ADA is not approved for use in Australia and the European Union. Unfortunately, Subway is not alone. Most of the breads found at Starbuck’s, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Burger King, and Dunkin Donuts also contain ADA. In fact, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Food Database, ADA turns up in nearly 500 items and in more than 130 brands. To me, adding ADA to food is just one more giant experiment with human health. Companies will see how far they can push the limits of convenience and cost effectiveness until harmful health effects are correlated with ADA and then it’s time to move on to find a newer, “safer” chemical additive. Fortunately, companies are starting to feel the pressure from consumers who are demanding a “clean label.” In fact, a recent article from the EWG stated that last month the trade journal Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery reported that manufacturers are currently seeking better ingredients because of consumer demands for a clean label and NON-GMO ingredients. To read more from this informative article and to find a complete list of the 500 foods containing ADA, click here.