As the research explains:
“An unadulterated piece of chicken from the store should come in at 100 per cent chicken DNA. Seasoning, marinating or processing meat would bring that number down, so fast food samples seasoned for taste wouldn't be expected to hit that 100 per cent target.”
Other chicken sandwiches from popular fast-food restaurants contained a far higher degree of real chicken.
- Tim Horton’s Chipotle Chicken Grilled Wrap: 86.5%
- A&W’S Grilled Chicken Deluxe: 89.4%
- Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich: 88.5%
- McDonald’s Country Chicken: 84.9%
Regarding the company’s phantom poultry, a Subway spokesperson told the CBC: “Our recipe calls for one per cent or less of soy protein in our chicken products... we will look into this again with our supplier to ensure that the chicken is meeting the high standard we set for all our menu items and ingredients.”
Home-cooked chicken packs about 25% more protein than the fast food chicken sandwiches and wraps, according to the study. Unsurprisingly, fast food chicken contained between 7 and 10 times as much sodium as a piece of unadulterated chicken.