Subway sandwiches: DNA tests reveal half chicken, half GMO soy
(NaturalHealth365) Many people who dine at fast food chains select grilled chicken because they believe it is a healthy alternative to hamburgers or other fried options. However, a recent test of fast food chains – including Subway – has revealed some startling information about just what is in menu items labeled as “chicken.”
The CBC of Canada recently conducted a Marketplace investigation that included the testing of fast food restaurants. The assessment looked specifically at items labeled as chicken, including chicken sandwiches from Subway.
Disturbing: None of the fast food chicken tested was 100% chicken
A DNA analysis of these food items found that the chicken in Subway sandwiches contain only about half real chicken, with the other half comprised of what is likely GMO soy. The DNA tests verified that the chicken was around half chicken and half soy, and since fast food chains do not use organic soy products, it is most certainly the GMO version.
Customers were alarmed to receive this information, as the Subway company does not disclose this and advertises these food items as ‘real chicken.’ By contrast, the company actually gives the impression that these meats come fresh from the farm. (what a sick joke)
Tests were conducted at the Trent University Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory by DNA researcher Matt Harnden. In all, six popular chicken sandwiches were tested, including items from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Tim Horton’s and A&W as well as Subway.
Retest confirms the startling half-soy Subway “chicken” results
The sandwiches tested at Subway included the Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki chicken (strips) as well as the Subway Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich. The chicken was tested plain, without the presence of condiments or sauces.
While marinating, processing or seasoning a chicken breast could cause it to come in at less than 100% chicken DNA, results of 50% are beyond disturbing – especially when Subway does not make the soy addition clear on their menu board.
Testing results showed that all of the other chicken samples from other fast food chains came in fairly close to 100%, ranging from 85 to 90 percent. This indicates that chicken from these establishments does not include any substantial amount of additional fillers such as GMO soy.
The results for the Subway chicken sandwiches were so alarming, the researchers tested them again just to make sure there wasn’t a mistake. However, the retest only confirmed the results, as they received the same numbers.
Grilled chicken not always a healthy choice at fast food chains
Of course, the Subway corporation issued a statement disagreeing with the test results and insisting that they only use chicken that has one per cent or less soy. They also said they would look into the matter and resolve it.
Overall, the CDC Marketplace assessment found that fast food chicken on average is less pure than fresh chicken cooked at your own home. Fast food chicken also tends to have 7 to 10 times as much sodium.
Clearly, anyone who assumes grilled chicken is a healthy choice at fast food restaurants needs to think again, as this is not always the case.