The New Stuff

'Shoe Rubber' Chemical Removed From Subway Bread Found In Nearly 500 Common Foods


Footlong fans breathed a sigh of relief at the beginning of February, when sandwich chain Subway announced that it was removing azodicarbonamide -- a chemical used in shoe rubber and yoga mats -- from its bread.

Though the World Health Organization has said that the chemical is safe for human consumption, some studies have suggested it could be linked with asthma and skin and respiratory problems. And when the chemical is baked, it forms another chemical that has been linked to cancer in animal studies, CBS News pointed out. A series of popular petitions circulated by blogger Vana Hari, who runs the website FoodBabe.com, have also argued the case that its efficacy as a "bleaching agent" in bread just isn't worth the potential health hazards.

It's been well-established at this point that azodicarbonamide is a relatively common ingredient in processed foods. But a newly released study by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, suggests that azodicarbonamide is far more common than we may have realized. EWG pored through the ingredient lists of more than 80,000 common grocery foods in an attempt to figure out which products contained the chemical. And they found it in nearly 500 items sold under 120 different brand names.

The list of foods runs the gamut from the "healthy" -- Weight Watchers meals, Fiber One breads -- to the obviously processed and indulgent -- Entenmann's pastries, White Castle Cheeseburgers. You can see the whole thing on the EWG website. But we picked 13 highlights that caught our attention as we browsed through the list.

Recently Published

Headshot_20.b71e6-ef3bee04acf094e0e78d031aa61d4de55c32afc4
»

Bet you didn't notice Jon Snow's floppy fake sword on 'Game of Thrones'

During the Battle of the Bastards, Jon Snow's Valyrian steel sword ...

GettyImages-502900418-eee07f7e5a7fba7de6204aa3f2156c1f4ae402dd
»

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may unlock with a glance, report says

Fingerprint scanners are an excellent way to secure your smartphone ...

AppHead-1dfa8b4272820dfd6241f4b7b5ce8f5e94a3fc11
»

7 can't-miss apps: BitTorrent Now, 'Hyperburner,' Radar and more

...

Headshot_20.b71e6-ef3bee04acf094e0e78d031aa61d4de55c32afc4
»

Police officers pop the question during London Pride parade

There's no better place to get engaged than a Pride parade — ...

no-image
»

Watch a brave soul test out the glass slide suspended 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles

[embedded content] SkySlide, the stomach-dropping glass slide ...

Gonzalez_Sa.f2bf5-50c144ab17d560910fc1d8663226fa02f43d886b
»

This season of 'Big Brother' is basically a high stakes school group project

Big Brother — your favorite annual summer fling — is ...

nj2.4c6ae-e0ea76046770a09ee5fe6fd3b413956d309b7103
»

Volvo's new S90 and V90 R-Design models are both luxurious and sporty

Volvo, you're killing me with these new cars. They're ...

Defaultpic.0677b-53da6bc8f73287f7667cf0003ac6c156483b3691
»

Tyler Oakley, Ingrid Nilsen join fellow YouTubers for 'Fantastic Beasts' VidCon event

[embedded content] LOS ANGELES — Potterheads got to ...

247b14b.1ddee-5fb585b32f728bc8c21fad9b28a70b50bf15cf25
»

UK chain Debenhams set to open in Australia, exciting our aunts and uncles

Australia has had an influx of cool international retailers set up ...