Nationwide restaurant chains are invariably unhealthy, which makes choosing the worst restaurant of the year difficult. Our 2010 award may come as a shock to some of our readers. It is a restaurant that uses toxic ingredients, while marketing its products toward the health-conscious.
Subway was started in 1965 by a 17-year-old, named Fred DeLuca, who wanted to make extra money to pay for his college tuition. He borrowed $1,000 from a family friend, Peter Buck, who would later become his business partner. Their food has always been marketed as being fresh and healthy. The Subway chain is now owned by Doctors Associates, Inc., which in turn is still owned by Peter and Fred. Neither of which are medical doctors, by the way. From what we can tell, Doctor’s Associates, Inc. does nothing more than own Subway, and gives the misleading impression that doctors are being consulted about the nutritional value of Subway’s foods. In fact, there appears to be no doctors involved with Doctor’s Associates, Inc. at all, and Subway no longer offers fresh and healthy alternatives.
Most people give Subway the benefit of the doubt concerning their food items; assuming that they do the best that they can to provide healthy alternatives. However, the Subway ingredients list shows that even the most basic food items available at Subway are toxic. We have archived a copy of the Subway ingredients list, in case it disappears. We are going to briefly examine three basic food items that are used by Subway. There are much worse examples, and this is merely a demonstration of products that could have easily been acquired naturally.
Italian (white) Bread: Enriched flour (wheat flour, barley malt, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, sugar, contains less than 2% of the following: soybean oil, fermented wheat flour, yeast, salt, wheat protein isolate, wheat gluten, dough conditioners (acetylated tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides, ammonium sulfate, calcium sulfate, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, potassium iodate, amylase [enzymes]), sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, lactic acid, sulfites, mineral oil.
Even the bread at Subway is toxic. Instead of using olive, sunflower, or peanut oil, they chose to use soybean oil. They could have claimed ignorance if they had used canola oil, but the dangers of soy have been known for decades. Soy is always toxic, typically genetically engineered, and it is the primary reason why health-destroying hormone problems are so prevalent in America. The hysteria surrounding soy as a health food ended long ago. It is used because it is cheap, not safe.
Azodicarbonamide is showing up in restaurant breads more and more, yet it is banned in the United Kingdom, throughout Europe, and in Australia. It was banned for causing respiratory problems, such as asthma. The material safety data sheet (MSDS) for azodicarbonamide warns of irritation of the digestive tract, skin irritation, allergic respiratory reactions, and the need for special protective clothing and gloves for those who come into contact with it. Industrially, it is used to make foam plastics, but so far, we have been unable to discover the rationale for using it to poison bread. Perhaps it helps the chemical industry to dispose of its wastes.
Subway also adds mineral oil to its breads, as if Americans simply did not get enough petroleum in their diets.
Chicken Breast Strips: Boneless, skinless, chicken breasts with rib meat, water, soy protein concentrate, salt, modified food starch, chicken flavor (contains salt, autolyzed yeast extract, sugar, molasses, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, sodium phosphates), and sodium phosphates.
Soy is present even in their basic chicken breasts, along with autolyzed yeast extract, which is almost certainly hidden monosodium glutamate. They also add more sodium in the form of table salt repeatedly, even while marketing to people who could have risky heart and blood pressure conditions. Natural sea salt would provide minerals to help prevent heart disease, but processed sodium severely aggravates such conditions. Toxic sodium is excessively used in all processed foods, but people assume that the “fresh” foods of Subway are not tainted in the same way. The modified food starch is a mystery ingredient, as we have reported before. It can be “modified” in a variety of disgusting ways; often having genetically engineered bacteria inside it — the kind of bacteria that you could find in a place that has nauseatingly-poor hygiene. The executives of Subway consider it good enough for your family to eat.
Banana Peppers: Banana peppers, water, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, sodium benzoate, (preservative), sodium metabisulfite (preservative), yellow #5, natural flavors, polysorbate 80.
It should surely be called false advertising when their “Eat Fresh” commercials are actually advertising vegetables that will last for years without deteriorating. They are practically embalmed. Take for example, the lettuce, which is supposedly pure, but never seems to turn brown. Sodium benzoate is not just a preservative, but it is also a mutagen that turns off a vital part of the DNA, causes allergies, reduces the I.Q., and provokes A.D.H.D. symptoms. It is present in some major brand soft drinks, and we strongly recommend a complete avoidance of it.
To ensure that peppers do not change color during months (or years) of storage, Subway’s peppers contain petroleum in the form of yellow #5. Artificial dyes, which include infamous yellow #5 have been shown to be neurotoxic from the behavioral problems that they are known to cause. As a result, they are being phased out of British products (before they are outright banned). Of course, these dyes will continue to be fed to Americans with the full blessing of the F.D.A..
According to the material safety data sheet, Polysorbate 80 has been linked to cancer, alters DNA, and damages the reproductive systems of test animals. It is worth noting that this is present in several vaccines, including the recent swine flu and Gardasil vaccines.
Subway won our Worst Restaurant of The Year award because unlike other fast food restaurants, they repeatedly try to appeal to those who care about their health. People place their trust in their deceptive marketing campaigns, and are subsequently poisoned. During the research phase of this article, we called the Subway Headquarters to ask about their use of genetically engineered foods. We were told that the information “would not be available”, which really is an answer. We feel that it spells out their agenda concerning genetically engineered foods quite clearly.
The bottom line is that Subway seems to have no interest in making Americans healthier whatsoever, but it is instead taking advantage of those who are trying to improve their health. We strongly recommend boycotting this restaurant chain.
UPDATE: We finally received the response shown below from Subway corporate after finishing this article. Notice that they do not fully “indorse” G.E. foods. They only partially endorse genetically engineered foods. Isn’t that fresh?
From: peggy Mccarthy <*********@subway.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:17:39 -0500
Dear Ms. Cain:
Thank you for your interest in Subway nutritional information.
While SUBWAY does not actively seek to include Genetically Modified Food products in the ingredients of the foods that we serve, we do not fully indorse their usage either. The scientific community, to date, has not made claim that the human consumption of Genetically Modified Foods is in any way harmful. Until then, in regard to Genetically Modified Food products, SUBWAY and its suppliers will continue to strictly follow all guidelines and regulations that are set forth by the United States Federal Government.
On our website www.subway.com you will be able to find our nationally offered products broken down by Nutrition/Ingredient information. For countries other than the USA visit www.subway.ca and select the country.
All information is updated regularly, unlike printed material they may be out dated.
A Printer Friendly Version can be found by highlighting the maroon Menu/Nutrition tab at the top of the main page. Select Nutritional Information on the right of your screen select Nutrition Data Tables
The local items may be found under the heading 6 Limited Time Offer/Regional Subs. For those local items not listed you will need to ask at your local Subway.
Again, thank you for choosing Subway.
Sue Lepesko Customer Care Representative