Yoga mat chemical found in 500 grocery store foods

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Breads, pastries and even your favorite pastas- it turns out many contain a chemical called Azodicarbonamide, or ADA for short.

The ingredient made headlines earlier this month, for being an ingredient in yoga mats and rubber products.

In food, it makes dough spongier.

Since the announcement from Subwayto take the ingredient out of their bread, the Environmental Working Group released a list of 500 common food products that also contain the chemical.

SEE ALSO: Group warns 500 products contain yoga mat chemical

On the list are foods from popular brands like Little Debbie, Jimmy Dean, and Pillsbury.

While the Food and Drug Administration has approved of ADA's use, the World Health Organization has criticized the chemical for causing asthma, respiratory and skin conditions.

Major companies like Starbucks say they're phasing out the chemical in their baked goods. Locally-owned Publix grocery stores are also eliminating bread products with it, by the end of the year.

SEE ALSO:Local grocery chain eliminating chemical from bread

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