The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released an article on February 27 th discussing a chemical called azoidcarbonamide found in bread and other commercial baked goods. This chemical is used in the production of yoga mats. In a study of this chemical by EWG, they found nearly 500 food items with this chemical, many well-known food manufacturers such as: Subway, Pillsbury, Sara Lee, Safeway, Smucker’s, Fleischman’s, Jimmy Dean, Kroger, Little Debbie, Tyson and Wonder.
Azoidcarbonamide is used as a “foaming agent” as a dough conditioner. Food manufacturers who produce large quantities of dough for their baked goods use this foaming agent to make the dough puffier, but tough enough to withstand shipping and storage.
To see the full list of food items containing this chemical and to learn more about EWG’s effort to stop foaming agents being added to our commercial baked goods, click on the following link:
Andrews, D. & Shannon, E. (2014). Environmental Working Group, “Nearly 500 ways to make a yoga mat sandwich”. Retrieved March 6, 2014, from: http://www.ewg.org/research/nearly-500-ways-make-yoga-mat-sandwich