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List of Breads Without Azodiacarbonamide

Ever since I found this ingredient in my bread, I have been searching for brands without it. I decided to compile a list.

List of breads that don't have azodiacarbonamide (ingredient in yoga mats and shoe soles), high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils.

List of breads that don't have azodiacarbonamide (ingredient in yoga mats and shoe soles), high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils.

Breads Without ADA Dough Conditioner

This article provides a list of store-bought breads I found that do not have azodicarbonamide, along with their entire ingredient lists so you can decide for yourself what you want to buy. It also includes an informal taste test, as well as the results of my conversations with two big bread manufacturers.

What Is Azodiacarbonamide?

Even though it is a USDA and FDA approved ingredient, it contains breakdown products of urethane, a recognized carcinogen, and semicarbazide which was found to cause cancers in mice. It may also induce asthma. Other countries have banned this substance. It is not allowed to be used in Australia or the European Union as a bread conditioner.

Subway is not the only restaurant that used this ingredient. Other restaurants such as McDonald's, Arby's, and Starbucks also use ADA. I happened to be eating some toast when I read this announcement, so I decided to look at the ingredients list of my store-bought bread, and it turns out that my bread does have azodiacarbonamide. This is frustrating to me since I have been searching for bread without high fructose corn syrup, and thought I finally had bread I could eat without guilt.

This news has led me to a search for bread without azodiacarbonamide. It turns out that most of the breads in the store do have this ingredient, but if you look hard enough, there are plenty that don't.

Ever since I found this ingredient in my bread, I have been looking for breads without it. I decided to compile a list.

Ever since I found this ingredient in my bread, I have been looking for breads without it. I decided to compile a list.

Search for Breads That Don't Have Azodiacarbonamide

I spent quite a bit of time at the grocery store looking at the ingredient list of different breads. I found that the same company may have breads with the ingredient and breads without it, and it isn't always the healthier breads that don't have ADA. I kept getting in the way of shoppers, so I couldn't spend too much time in the bread aisle but was able to go home with different brands of breads I found that did not use high fructose corn syrup or ADA.

I have compiled a list of ADA-free breads and have listed them in the table below. I will keep searching for other brands and will provide updates as I find them. All of the breads in the table do not have azodiacarbonamide. They also don't have hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or eggs, with a couple of exceptions: Pepperidge Farms does have nonfat milk and Nature's Own, states that it is manufactured in a facility that uses wheat, soy, milk, eggs, hazelnuts (filberts), almonds and walnuts.

Breads Without Azodiacarbonamide

Brand NameOne Serving (one slice)CaloriesSaturated FatsSodiumSugars

Nature's Own 100% Whole Grain

.9 oz





Private Selection Olde Chicago Rye






Brownberry Dutch Country Smooth Texture 100% Whole Wheat






Sara Lee Honey Wheat






Nickles Split Top Wheat Bread






Private Selection Sugarhouse Maple Streusel






Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread






Ingredients in Breads

Since I don't know all of the ingredients in the labels, and different people have different ideas about what they can or can't eat, I decided to list the complete ingredients in the table below. In this way, you can judge for yourself whether the bread is right for you, without blocking all the other shoppers in the bread aisle of your grocery store. Please note that both of these lists only include breads that do NOT have ADA. As a bonus, it turns out that they don't have high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils either.

Bread Ingredient List

Brand NameIngredients

Brownberry Dutch Country Smooth Texture 100% Whole Wheat

whole wheat flour, water, sugar, wheat gluten, soybean oil, yeast, wheat bran, salt, enrichment (calcium sulfate, vitamin e acetate, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D3), monoglycerides, calcium propionate (preservative), datem, soy lechithin, citric acid, grain vinegar, potassium iodate, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, calcium phosphate.

Nature's Own 100% Whole Grain

whole wheat flour, water, wheat gluten, sugar, yeast, brown sugar, contains 2% or less of each of the following: flax seed, whole rye flour, salt, rolled oats, soybean oil, barley flakes, tritcale flour, cultured wheat flour, sunflower seed, vinegar, dough conditioners (contains one or more of the following: sodium stearoyl, monoglycerides andor diglycerides, calcium peroxide, calcium iodate, datem, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, enzymes), wheat starch, whole amaranth, hulled whole millet, whole khorasan wheat flour, whole brown rice flour, whole buckwheat flour, whole milled corn, whole spelt flour, monocalcium phosphate, ammonium sulfate, soy lechithin, calcium sulfate, ascorbic acid. Topped with whole amaranth seed, flaxseed and wheat bran.

Nickles Split Top Wheat Bread

enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, sugar, yeast, wheat bran, stone ground whole wheat flour, wheat gluten, contains 2% or less of the following: soybean oil, brown sugar, honey, salt, molasses, calcium sulfate, calcium phosphate, sodium stearoyl, lactylate, calcium pripionate (preservative), monoglycerides, ascorbic acid, soy lechithin.

Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread (Ancient Grains)

whole wheat flour, water, wheat gluten, wheat berries, sugar, sugarcane fiber, yeast, flaxseed, millet, soybean oil, honey, unsulphured molasses, contains 2 percent or less of: lower sodium natural sea salt, nonfat milk, salt, calcium propionate and sorbic acid ro retard spoilate, amaranth, quinoa, sorghum, teff, datem (dough conditioner), natural flavor, distilled monoglycerides, soy lecithin.

Private Selection Olde Chicago Rye (from Kroger)

enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, rye flour, yeast, degermed yellow corn meal, wheat gluten, soybean oil, contains 2% or less of: salt, caraway seeds, yeast nutrients (monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, calcium phosphate, ammonium sulfare), dough conditioners (monoglycerides, ascorbic acid, enzymes), calcium priopionate and potassium sorbate (preservatives).

Private Selection Sugarhouse Maple Streusel

enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid,, water, sugar, palm oil, brown sugar, soybean oil, contains 2% or less of yeast, oat flour, potato flakes, fractionated palm kernel oil, salt, vinegar, wheat fluten, natural and artificial flavors, cocoa processed with alkali, maple syrup, cinnamon, soy lechithin, monoglycerides, emulsifier, calcium propionate (mold inhibitor), sodium stearoyl lactylate, turmeric color.

Sara Lee Honey Wheat

enriched wheat flour (flour, malted barley flour, reduced iron, niacin, thiamin mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid), water, yeast, honey, whole wheat flour, wheat gluten, sugar, wheat bran, soybean oil, salt, calcium propionate (preservative), datem, monoglycerides, cellulose gum, calcium sulfate, monocalcium phosphate, cornstarch, soy lecithin, citric acid, grain vinegar, potassium iodate, soy flour.

Kirkland Organic 100% Whole Wheat Bread (from Costco)

organic whole wheat flour, water, organic honey, organic sugar, organic wheat gluten, contains 2% or less of the following: organic soybean oil, organic spelt, organic bulgur wheat, organic wheat bran, organic vinegar, sea salt, organic cultured unbleached wheat flour, yeast, organic soy lecithin, calcium sulfate, enzymes

Bread Taste Test

I conducted an informal, unscientific taste test. It turned out that there was no overall winner. In fact, was surprised to see that each of the first four responders chose a different bread, and the next two chose two different ones as well. To be fair, all of these breads are different from each other. Bread A is Brownberry whole wheat, Bread B is Nature's Own whole grain, Bread C is Sara Lee honey wheat, and Bread D is a Nickles wheat.

Here are some of the individual comments:

  • Breads C and D are "white bread" and I wouldn't even consider buying them. B looks the best but it probably has artificial color. B is the best for the brown bread. C is gooey and soft and I don't like the flavor. D is the best for white bread.
  • Bread A tasted slightly metallic. My favorite is D.
  • Bread A is thick, has weight, makes me feel fuller, has the right amount of moisture, is sweeter, nice and hearty. Bread B has good whole grains but is a little dry and not as sweet as A. Bread C is doughy and too moist. Bread D is too thin. Favorite is A.
  • Bread B has the best texture and look, but Bread C has better flavor and smell. Bread C is my favorite. It is soft, but I can toast it.
  • A is better than B, which has a grainy texture and D is better than C. D is my overall winner, but it is not as filling, so I would have to eat more.
  • They all taste like bread. B is awful: looks bad, horrible texture. My favorite is D.

Subway Removes Dough Conditioner from Bread

On February 10, 2014, Subway announced that they would eliminate an ingredient from its bread. This dough conditioner is named azodiacarbonamide, ADA for short, and is also used in other things like yoga mats and shoe soles to add elasticity.

Why would they even want to use this ingredient in their bread? I can just picture the conversation in the meeting when they decide to use this ingredient.

"Studies have shown that people do not like the flavor of cardboard in their bread."

"Really? Huh. Hey, why don't we try yoga mats instead?"

"Brilliant! Give that man a raise! Or a promotion!"

Calling Bread Manufacturers

With this list in hand, I decided to call the bread companies to see if they could provide a comprehensive list.

I called the makers of Sara Lee's bread. I got Bimbo Bakeries which makes Sara Lee but also makes Entenmann's, Thomas', Earthgrains, Boboli, Oroweat, and other bread products. She read a prepared statement to me that said that they are working aggressively to remove ADA from their products. Currently, most of their products do not have ADA, but it does remain in the bakery processes for some of their products. They are expecting that it will be moved from all of these remaining products by the end of the year (2014).

Nickles Bakery told me that that they have been testing different dough conditioners since February 17 and their goal is to remove ADA from all of their products by May 1, 2014. She said that they don't buy ADA specifically, but it is one of the ingredients that come in the bread conditioners that they buy. As they test ADA-free products, one of the issues they face is that customers tend to complain that the bread has holes in it. Since bread is made with a living product (yeast) uniformity and perfection are difficult to achieve.

Vote With Your Money

I hope that this list of breads without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and ADA will help you make decisions when you buy bread. We can vote with our pocketbooks and only buy breads and other grocery items that have ingredients we are willing to eat.

This is definitely good news that manufacturers are listening to our concerns and working to remove ADA from breads. Seeing this success with ADA, we can be empowered to continue our search for healthy and delicious food for our families. Our voices do count.

If you need information about additional breads, this list of clean breads might be helpful.

© 2014 Shasta Matova


David on June 10, 2018:

Azodicarbonamide is bad enough, but you should also be filtering brands that contain DATEM, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Sulfate, and Bromines (Potassium Bromide, etc...). These other ingredients are just as harmful as the Azodicarbonamide.

denise on July 04, 2017:

datem is another one so all those breads disqualify too!

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on April 05, 2015:

You're right, Sam. The bigger the list, the greater the probability that there will be something in it that you don't want.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 03, 2015:

next time, i must read the ingredient list before i buy bread, thanks

MH Bonham from Missoula, Montana on January 19, 2015:

Thanks for some interesting information!

Lorelei Cohen on January 04, 2015:

It never ceases to amaze me the type of toxins that go into our food products and the same question arises - WHY? It just seems to get continually worse as we go along. You would think those responsible for our food would be figuring out that this stuff is not good for us. Crazy business.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on December 15, 2014:

Thank you Angie. That is bad news indeed. I will have to check the labels again, as they adjust their ingredients to take out the azodiacarbonamide.

Sam Montana from Colorado on December 04, 2014:

It is amazing some how long a list of ingredients some bread have. My favorite bread is from the Great Harvest Bread Co. If you have their bread near you, try some. They have the least amount of ingredients.

Angie on November 23, 2014:

Nickles split top wheat bread has high fructose corn syrup in it now :(

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on June 02, 2014:

Yep yoga mats. I can't imagine who would even have thought to put that into the bread that we eat. Thanks for your visit and comment Rozalyn.

Rozalyn Winters on May 29, 2014:

EEEEEEeeeeeeek! Yoga Mats???? Yum. :-p Why, why, why do they keep adding bizarre things to the food supply? I will never understand it. I'm going to go read my bread labels now. Thanks for sharing another very useful and informative hub!

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on February 28, 2014:

Thanks Audrey.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 28, 2014:

Wow! So good to know!!

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on February 28, 2014:

Thanks Lateraliss. I found that the same company could have different breads, some with and some without ADA. You really have to look at every label to see if the bread you like has it.

Lateraliss on February 28, 2014:

Both Nature's own and Sara Lee are listed on the Environmental Working Group site as having ADA in them.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on February 22, 2014:

Thanks Roberta, peachpurple, Linda, Ruchira, Dianna, Nithya, and Crystal for your visits, comments and insight. I was shocked to see that bread makers used ingredients found in yoga mats and shoe soles. I always assumed that ingredients in food were at least edible. I'm glad that Subway no longer uses azodiacarbonamide, and hopefully, as we vote with our wallets, other bread makers will stop using this horrible chemical as well.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on February 19, 2014:

This is outrageous! How can we possibly know what all they are putting in our food? Thank you for sharing this information. I am sharing this one.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 19, 2014:

I never knew about this, thank you for sharing. I wonder why in the world they would use ADA.

Dianna Mendez on February 18, 2014:

I buy Natures Own when I buy bread in a store. It tastes good enough for me. Great effort in alerting people to this toxin. Sharing!

Ruchira from United States on February 18, 2014:

Shasta, we were big fans of subway until this news shocked us and we have been avoiding going to this place since then.

thank you for your research in other breads...did not think of it until now.

thank heavens sara lee does not have it...however, will watch out for another product besides fructose...phew! man sure has to be on the watch out 24/7!

sharing this imp article around!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 18, 2014:

Luckily my bread doesn't contain that ingredient. I do like Subway's bread though.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 18, 2014:

thanks for the article. Need to check on that name on the bread list

RTalloni on February 18, 2014:

Thanks of this look at bread ingredients! Some good food for thought here.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on February 18, 2014:

Thank you Bill. We definitely need to be reading ingredient labels and knowing what is in the food that we eat.

Thank you FlourishAnyway. The news I heard only talked about restaurant bread. I was surprised it was in store bought bread too.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 17, 2014:

I had no idea! Thank you for this information. Voted up and useful, interesting.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 17, 2014:

A very important article. Raising awareness like this is the first step; the next step, unfortunately, consists of convincing people that they are harming themselves by what they eat. Some people simply don't care...I do. Thanks for the information.

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