Are You Eating Yoga Mat in Your Sandwich?

Subway is the single largest chain restaurant in the world. That means you’ve probably eaten there at some point in your lifetime and if you are like me could possibly have 10 of these restaurants within a 1 mile radius of your house.

But is eating at America’s favorite fast food chain really eating real food?

Subway would certainly like you to think so. With their slogan “Eat Fresh,” marketing with avocados and a guy who lost hundreds of pounds eating their famous sub sandwiches, it’s easy to get duped.

Everyone from The First Lady of The United States to the American Heart Association (AHA) to several Olympic athletes have endorsed Subway making it seem like a healthy choice.

Unfortunately, not only have these people and organizations been duped, but millions of people across North America.

I discovered that Subway makes bread with an ingredient called Azodicarbonamide. It can be found in almost all the breads at Subway restaurants here in North America, but not in Europe, Australia or other parts of the world.

Azodicarbonamide is the same type of chemical used to make yoga mats, your shoe soles, and other rubbery objects. It’s not supposed to be food or even eaten for that matter. And it’s definitely not “fresh”.


SubwaySubway is using this ingredient as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner which allows them to produce bread faster and cheaper without regard to the following health consequences and alarming facts:

  • The World Health Organization (1) has linked it to respiratory issues, allergies and asthma.
  • When a truck carrying azodicarbonamide overturned on a Chicago highway in 2001, it prompted city officials to issue the highest hazardous materials alert and evacuate people within a half mile radius! Many of the people on the scene complained of burning eyes and skin irritation as a result. (3)
  • The U.K. Health And Safety Executive has recognized azodicarbonamide as a potential cause of asthma. (4)
  • When azodicarbonamide is heated, there are studies that show it is linked to tumor development and cancer. (5)
  • Not only is this ingredient banned in Europe and Australia, but you also get fined 450,000 dollars if you get caught using it in Singapore and can serve 15 years in prison (2). 

You may wonder why I care so much about this ingredient. I lived most of my life plagued by allergies, asthma, eczema, and other health ailments. When I stopped eating processed food and removed chemical additives like azodiacarbonamide from my diet – I was able to completely eliminate my chronic asthma and get off 4 asthma and allergy prescription medications that I thought I would be taking for life. I am now completely drug free because of the changes I made with my diet.

I urge you to join me in asking Subway to remove azodicarbonamide from their products. Subway doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel. We deserve the same safer ingredients Subway serves in other countries.

Subway is the largest fast food company headquartered in the United States. If Subway changes their Bread, we know this could inspire other food companies across the US to finally eliminate this dangerous chemical once and for all.

North Americans deserve to truly eat fresh – not yoga mats.

Let’s end this hypocrisy once and for all.

Please sign the petition at


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