Subway Chicken – 50 Percent Chicken, 50 Percent Filler
By now you may have heard the shocking news: Subway “chicken” may contain just 50 percent chicken.1 The rest is filler. As reported by Time Magazine:2
“According to tests performed at Trent University in Canada, the company’s chicken strips and oven-roasted chicken contained just 43 percent and 54 percent chicken DNA, respectively, consisting otherwise of soy and other filler ingredients.”
The filler, it turns out, is a very long list of ingredients, however, a majority of it is soy protein. John Coupland, president of the Institute of Food Technologists, told Time Magazine:
Soy Protein Linked to Health Problems
Based on these test results, there are many reasons for concern. The vast majority of soy grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered (GE) to be herbicide resistant. Furthermore, it is contaminated with the well-documented carcinogenic herbicide, Roundup. Soybeans are also processed by acid washing in aluminum tanks, which can leach aluminum into the final soy product.
According to Kaayla Daniel, Ph.D., author of “The Whole Soy Story,” thousands of studies link unfermented soy to a wide range of health problems, including:
- Kidney stones
- Breast Cancer
- Reproductive disorders
- Immune system impairment
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Heart disease
- Cognitive decline (dementia)
- Brain damage
- Digestive problems
- Food allergies
Soy Is Bad, But Roundup Is Even Worse
Glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s wide-spectrum herbicide Roundup and other pesticides — is the most widely used agricultural chemical in the world. By 2015, 83 percent of the soy grown worldwide was GE soy, and in the U.S. more than 90 percent of soybeans grown are GE which involves the use of herbicides like Roundup.
In March, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the “gold standard” in carcinogenicity research, reclassified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” (Class 2A).24Research scientist and consultant Anthony Samsel has alsoreported he uncovered evidence showing Monsanto knew glyphosate promotes cancer as far back as 1981.
Help!...Where Do I Find ‘Real’ Wholesome Food?
We like to think that we can make healthy choices while eating out and save time in our hectic schedules. After all, who has time to cook anymore? Well, the reality is that the wool is being pulled over our eyes. It is next to impossible to eat healthy wholesome foods at fast food chains or even upper scale restaurants. There is simply too much out of your control- from MSG, pesticides, preservatives, trans fats and gluten (these are just a few of the toxins we’re exposed to).
With all the drawbacks associated with conventional agriculture, factory farmed meats and processed fast food, your best bet is to forgo restaurants and choose fresh, locally produced foods. You can also grow some of your own. Remember to choose organic, grass- fed/pasture-raised beef, poultry and dairy, in addition to organic produce. If you live in the U.S., the following organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods:
For more information and recipes on eating right for great health, visit us at: Nutrition
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