Prepare to be grossed out. Apparently the chicken you have been eating at Subway is only half chicken.
The other half? Soy.
A Canadian study was done on five fast-food restaurants, with Subway as one of them, testing chicken with a DNA test. Other restauraints included were Wendy’s and McDonald’s.
Apparently Subway’s Oven Roasted Chicken Patty was only half real chicken. The chicken patties averaged 53.6% chicken DNA while the sandwich chain’s Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Strips were only 42.8%.
Subway of course refuted the results of the DNA test in a released statement:
“SUBWAY Canada cannot confirm the veracity of the results of the lab testing you had conducted. However, we are concerned by the alleged findings you cite with respect to the proportion of soy content. Our chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1% or less of soy protein. We use this ingredient in these products as a means to help stabilize the texture and moisture. All of our chicken items are made from 100% white meat chicken which is marinated, oven roasted and grilled. We tested our chicken products recently for nutritional and quality attributes and found it met our food quality standards. We will look into this again with our supplier to ensure that the chicken is meeting the high standard we set for all of our menu items and ingredients.”
According to the test’s findings, Wedny’s grilled chicken sandwich averaged 88.5 percent chicken, while McDonald’s Grilled Country Chicken averaged 84.9 percent. A lot better than Subway’s results.
Wendy’s didn’t seem too thrilled either despite the better results. The chain said, “Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a whole muscle chicken breast fillet; not reformed or restructured. In addition, we use only 100% Canadian chicken in Canada. For our grilled chicken sandwich and other grilled chicken products (salads, wraps, etc.) we use a juicy, all-white meat chicken breast fillet, marinated in a blend of herbs. We do not provide ingredient percentages as we consider that information to be proprietary.”
McDonald’s response: “Our grilled chicken sandwich is made with 100% seasoned chicken breast. The chicken breast is (a single piece) trimmed for size to fit the sandwich. We don’t release the percentage of each ingredient for competitive reasons, but on the nutrition centre people can see that our grilled chicken includes seasoning and other ingredients, just like at home.”
This DNA test looks like it sure has pissed off some restaurants.