Subway Chicken Has Only 50 Percent Chicken DNA!

Study Shows Subway Chicken Has Only 50 Percent Chicken DNA

Subway Chicken.  Imagine…There you are, standing at the counter of your local Subway, ordering what you think is a relatively healthy, chicken sub sandwich.  You order it just the way you like it and sit down and eat your custom made sandwich – even feeling a little proud that you chose to eat a sensible meal this time.  Now, what if I told you that your Subway chicken sandwich might not even have very much chicken in it at all?  That your chicken – might not REALLY be what you think it is?

Subway Chicken DNA

The Study

Well, a recent study was conducted by Trent University and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and this is exactly what they have found!  Subway’s oven-roasted chicken meat actually only contains approximately 50 percent chicken DNA!  This is about half of the amount you would find in the chicken you purchase from the meat counter at your local grocery store.

The information obtained was actually part of an even larger survey that was testing chicken items from various fast food chains that operate in Canada.  They additionally tested Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s and A&W.  Matt Harnden, DNA researcher at Trent University’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory examined and rested the poultry from six of the most commonly purchased chicken sandwiches.  A piece of chicken that hasn’t been altered in any way should come at or VERY close to 100 percent DNA of a chicken.  Adding seasoning, processing it or marinating the chicken brings that number lower – so it would be impossible for a fast food meat that has been seasoned and cooked to hit the 100 percent marker.

Study Results

That being said, Subway had the most shocking results!  Most of the competitors proved to possess 85-90 percent chicken DNA.  Subway’s oven-roasted chicken only had 53.6 percent, while their chicken strips scored even worse!!!  They only contain 42.9 percent chicken DNA!  What was the majority if the rest of the chicken comprised of?  Soy.

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Now, I don’t know about you – but typically, I expect to be informed in big bold letters if I am eating something other than what I believe I am eating.  For instance, if I am eating imitation cheese – I expect there to be a sign or a label that says, “IMITATION CHEESE”.  I think restaurants should be held to the same standard.

Ask yourself – is this what you had in mind when you decided to get a relatively healthy meal?  What percentage of the chicken that you consume do you think should possess chicken DNA?  What are your thoughts on this?  Send your questions and comments in the form below!  I’d love to hear your opinions on this.

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