Recent published reports indicate Subway® restaurants, known for their foot-long hero sandwiches, use chicken that contains an abundance of soy filler. When tested, some of the fast food chain’s chicken products were not even half meat. But Subway® is not alone. Read the label on any of the most popular brands of canned tuna and chances are soy is listed as an ingredient. In either case, you know soy was not used for taste enhancement.
Now I know why the chicken sandwiches from Subway®, McDonald’s®, Wendy’s® and some other restaurants always seem so rubbery. Excluding the bun, none of these menu items are all chicken. According to an article by medicinenet.com, DNA tests done at the request of a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) consumer affairs television show reveal Subway’s® chicken strips only contain 42.8 percent meat. The company’s oven roasted chicken was barely better at 53. 6. Surprisingly, most of the remainder of the “chicken” is soy and seasonings. But if you are thinking about dining at a competitor, think again.
After analyzing the items from several different well-known fast food eateries, the Canadian study, conducted by Trent University, showed the highest average chicken DNA content was 85 percent with the rest of the product being mostly soy. How disheartening for on-the-go convenience eaters. But don’t get me wrong. I like some soy-based products, including fried tofu with dipping sauce, but not masquerading as my chicken sandwich. Here’s one better. If you plan on switching over to tuna salad, a surprise could be waiting. Yes, there is soy in most major brands of canned tuna.
In order to avoid buying tuna with soy additives, I purchase brands like Wild Selections or Natural Sea, which have three basic ingredients: solid white albacore tuna, oil and salt. Tuna packed in water is also available. But that’s it. You won’t find soy anywhere on the label. In a time when fake news is dominating the headlines, can fake food be far behind? Serving soy-filled chicken without notice could be construed as deceitful, especially for those who are not interested in consuming vegetable-based fillers. The same applies for tuna. Any way you slice this bird or fish, soy does not belong in the recipe. It makes you wonder how many other takeout establishments are using soy additives. Even if it’s a sandwich, homemade usually outranks fast food.