Subway's 'Chicken' Sandwich is Only 50% Chicken

Subway's 'Chicken' Sandwich is Only 50% Chicken

In addition to testing the poultry at Subway, he tested the poultry from five other fast food restaurants like McDonald's and Wendy's, which were found to be between 86 and 90 percent chicken.

A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation investigation has investigated chicken sandwiches in six restaurant chains through the use of DNA testing. So, what's the rest of the DNA? Soy.

The study also tested the McDonald's Country Grilled Chicken, Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich, A&W Chicken Grill Deluxe and Tim Hortons Chipotle Chicken Grilled Wrap.

"SUBWAY Canada can not confirm the veracity of the results of the lab testing you had conducted", the company said.

However, meat which has been marinated, prepared or seasoned is expected to record a lower percentage.

Samples were taken from five of Subway's oven roasted chicken fillets and five of their chicken strips, in Ontario - to be analysed by DNA researcher Matt Harnden, from Trent University, on behalf of CBC Marketplace. "Our chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1 percent or less of soy protein", a representative told CBC.

The CBC reported that the results from Subway were so discordant that the team of specialists chose to test them one more time.

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While that news may not sound all that bad, these extra additions still take away from the chicken's nutritional value, because once those other ingredients are added in, the meat ends up with significantly less protein than you'd get in a home-cooked chicken breast. The research concludes that the oven roasted chicken by Subway have 53.6% chicken and the chicken strips have only 42.8 percent chicken.

In fact, Subway's result was so surprising that researchers bought more chicken to test again - with the same result.

A new study suggests that - at least when it comes to Subway's chicken - that may not be the case.

Shortly after the report was published, Subway admitted to using soy in its chicken meat, but insists the amount is not significant.

The disconcerting discovery prompted Subway to issue an official statement, calling the results into question.

Subway Canada released a statement stating that recent tests met with their food quality standards but that they would "look into this again with [their] suppliers" to confirm.

Overall, it was discovered that the fast food chicken in general had almost a quarter less protein than you'd find in home-cooked chicken.

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