I think we've all made jokes about the food we eat from fast food restaurants. Well, according to a Canadian study, a DNA test has proven that some of those jokes about Subway chicken might be true.
The study found that only half of Subway's oven-roasted chicken patty is made with real chicken.
Yes...I said only 50%.
The results showed the Oven Roasted Chicken patties averaged 53.6% chicken DNA while the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki strips came in at 42.8%.
Naturally, the sandwich chain refuted the results and released this 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.”
In case you were wondering what the rest of the patties and chicken strips are made of...it's soy.
I guess there could be worse options.
The same test was done on the chicken at Wendy's and McDonald's. Here's what they found...
Wendy's grilled chicken sandwich averaged 88.5% chicken, while McDonald's Grilled Country Chicken averaged 84.9%.