Study: Subway ‘chicken’ is only 50% chicken

Subway, the sandwich shop with that weird and unique odor you can smell from a mile away, has been slingin’ out chicken sandwiches without as much chicken in it as you think, according to a study. And no, I don’t mean small portions, I mean the “chicken” only contains a little more than 50% chicken meat.

The study, done by Trent University and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, used DNA tests on meat samples from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, A&W,Tim Hortons, and Subway to see how much chicken was really in each restaurant’s chicken – and while the others were all found to have between 84 and 90 percent chicken meat, Subway had only 53.6 percent.

Researchers were so surprised, they tested it again and, yes, got the same results.

As ABC 7 notes, researchers did not expect to get 100% chicken in their results, as seasoning and marinating will bring down the ratio of meat to fillers. In the case of Subway, they determined the majority of the 47% non-chicken in the “chicken” was soy protein.

“The accusations made… about the content of our chicken are absolutely false and misleading,” a Subway spokesman told HuffPost in a statement. “Our chicken is 100% white meat with seasonings, marinated and delivered to our stores as a finished, cooked product… We do not know how [CBC News] produced such unreliable and factually incorrect data, but we are insisting on a full retraction.”