Trending News: Subway’s Chicken Is 50% Chicken And 50%… Something Else

Quick Take

When it comes to fast food boogeymen, few restaurants get the short end of the stick more often than McDonald’s and Subway. While the former is mostly derided for being unhealthy, the latter gets its share of grief for having ingredients of… mysterious origins, so to speak (and also hiring a gross pedophile as a spokesman, but it’s tough to blame them for that).

But if you choose to throw caution to the wind and patronize Subway on account of their food being cheap, inoffensive and (relatively) healthy, you may want to take a peek at this CBC report that claims DNA tests showed that Subway’s chicken is actually only about 50% chicken. Samples from four other restaurants (and Subway) were tested, and at first the scientists didn’t believe the Subway results.

Subway’s results were such an outlier that the team decided to test them again, biopsying five new oven roasted chicken pieces, and five new orders of chicken strips.


Those results were averaged: the oven roasted chicken scored 53.6 per cent chicken DNA, and the chicken strips were found to have just 42.8 per cent chicken DNA. The majority of the remaining DNA? Soy.

That’s… pretty remarkable, especially because chicken from the other restaurants tested (McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Tim Hortons and A&W) all came out at nearly 100% chicken, or as close to it as you’d expect for a piece of meat that’s been seasoned, marinated and cooked. Subway issued a statement that’s actually kind of shocking in its lack of denial.

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.

I’m not entirely sure how a food that’s supposed to be only 1% soy ends up being over 50% soy. Production screwup? A huge lie perpetrated by Subway hoping no one would notice? Really hard to say, but it’s extremely strange and hard to explain.

I’ll probably continue to eat at Subway from time to time when it’s convenient, because even if you’re getting bogus chicken, soy won’t kill you. But if you’re counting on that chicken bacon ranch footlong to help you hit your protein macros, you may want to look elsewhere. Besides, we learned about a year ago that the chicken at Subway is best avoided.

At least it wasn’t a mouse

Drop This Fact

Remember when a guy in Australia sued Subway over their footlong sandwiches only being 11-inches long? It’s still ongoing.



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