Many people think that Subway is the healthiest fast-food alternative. The famous Subway menu contains low-calorie meals and they agreed to remove the harmful bread additive found in yoga mats after a petition signed by concerned citizens.
However, maybe there will be another petition very soon because a research conducted by the CDC Marketplace revealed another disturbing secret. The Subway’s chicken strips are not wholly chicken.
Some researchers examined the DNA of the chicken used in Subway’s wraps and grilled sandwiches. They found out that the strips had only 50 percent chicken DNA in 2 of the popular Subway sandwiches:
- Subway Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich
- Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (chicken strips)
- Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich
- Tim Hortons Chipotle Chicken Grilled Wrap
- A&W Chicken Grill Deluxe
- McDonald’s Country Chicken (grilled)
The truth is that a pure piece of chicken must come in at 100 percent chicken DNA, but this number might drop due during marinating, seasoning, and processing. Yet, these 2 famous Subway sandwiches contain the least chicken DNA. Look at the results:
- A&W Chicken Grill Deluxe – 89.4%
- Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich – 88.5%;
- Tim Hortons Chipotle Chicken Grilled Wrap – 86.5%
- McDonald’s Country Chicken – 84.9%
- Subway’s oven-roasted chicken — 53.6%
- Subway’s chicken strips — 42.8%!
Now you probably wonder what do they use to replace the chicken meat in these sandwiches. Well, we have the answer- soy!
However, you consume your delicious sandwich without knowing that you are eating a dangerous potential allergen.
Moreover, the Marketplace investigation discovered that the fast-food chicken also had 1/4 less protein than normally found in a home-cooked piece of the poultry.
Additionally, the levels of sodium were 7-10 times higher than in a piece of pure chicken. So, even though Subway advertisements convince us that their chicken is fresh from the farm, it is far from it.
The food scientist at the University of Guelph, Ben Bohrer, claims that the fast-food industry often uses a composition of smaller pieces of meat and other ingredients which prolong their shelf life and improve their taste.
From now on, you should absolutely avoid Subway meals.
These meals are not good for people with diabetes and health problems. According to Christy Brissette, nutritionist, and dietitian, most of the ingredients in fast-food meats are sugar and salt variants.
Subway statement says that their recipe calls for 1% or less of soy protein in their chicken products. They say that their chicken meets the high standards they set for all of their ingredients and menu items.
Furthermore, Subway Canada say that SUBWAY Canada cannot confirm the authenticity of the results of the lab examination someone had conducted. However, they say that are concerned by the alleged findings mentioned.
They claim that their chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1 percent or less of soy protein. They say that they use some ingredients in these products to stabilize the texture and moisture. They add that all of their chicken items are made from 100 percent white chicken meat which is marinated, oven roasted and grilled.