‘Yoga Mat’ Chemical Common in Food?

Feb 28, 2014

The controversial “yoga mat” chemical can be found in nearly 500 food products ranging from bread to stuffing and snacks, according to a list released by the Environmental Working Group.  EWG researchers found the industrial “chemical foaming agent” azodicarbonamide on well-known brand labels, including Sara Lee, Little Debbie and Fleischman’s, as well as other major labels, according to the Palm Beach Post.FoodBabe.com’s creator, Vani Hari, recently campaigned to have the chemical removed from Subway sandwich bread.  Nature's Own bakery removed the chemical from its products in 2013, according to a spokeswoman for the company (Editor's note: This story has been updated.)Azodicarbonamide, or ADA, is a synthetic substance that shows up in lightweight, tough products yoga mats and flip-flops, as well as many types of foam packing and insulation.