Subway Chicken Is NOT 100% Chicken!

In 2014, Subway faced widespread backlash when it was revealed that the bread in their sandwiches contained a chemical commonly found in yoga mats and other rubbers.  Even though the company removed the “ingredient” from their food, they now face another “disaster”.  It has been found in recent lab tests that the chicken used in Subway sandwiches only contain 53.6% chicken DNA.


The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Marketplace division enlisted researchers at Trent University’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory to test chicken from various fast food restaurants including Subway.


According to CDC:

“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.”


Every fast food restaurant except Subway tested close to 100% — at least 84% and above — according to researchers, who noted the percentage can decrease with added seasoning and spices.




“Subway’s results were such an outlier that the team decided to test them again, biopsying five new oven roasted chicken pieces, and five new orders of chicken strips.”


“Those results were averaged: the oven roasted chicken scored 53.6% chicken DNA, and the chicken strips were found to have just 42.8% chicken DNA. The majority of the remaining DNA? Soy.”


This is particularly disturbing because though soy has been touted as a “healthy” option, it is actually linked to a variety of health problems. “Thousands of studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility — even cancer and heart disease,” the Huffington Post has explained, also noting that in the United States, at least, 90% of soy is genetically modified.


Subway questioned the results of the tests. According to a company statement:


“SUBWAY Canada cannot confirm the veracity of the results of the lab testing you had conducted. However, we are concerned by the alleged findings you cite with respect to the proportion of soy content.”

Claiming they recently tested their products and determined they were up to their standards, they added, “We will look into this again with our supplier to ensure that the chicken is meeting the high standard we set for all of our menu items and ingredients.”


According to Marketplace, the testing revealed other concerns:


“[O]nce the ingredients [were] factored in, the fast food chicken had about a quarter less protein than you would get in its home-cooked equivalent. And overall, the sodium levels were between seven and 10 times what they would be in a piece of unadulterated chicken.”


It took some time to get Subway to remove the “yoga mat ingredient” from their breads.  Now it is found that they are using GMO soy in their chicken.  With persistence we can help encourage Subway to further look into this issue and implement any and all corrections necessary to get the foods we enjoy back to being healthy and fresh. writes and shares information on Food, Government, Health, Humor, Life Skills, Photography, Technology, Travel, and so much more!  If you like my blogs and would like to see more content, then subscribe to this blog and like my facebook page, where I share more information daily!



Synthetic vitamins in ‘fortified’ breakfast cereals harm Kids



Breakfast cereals that are “fortified” with synthetic imitations of vitamins like zinc, niacin, and vitamin A could be harming you kids, says a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Researchers from the consumer advocacy organization maintain that a lot of cereals, breakfast bars and other breakfast products marketed to kids contain excess levels of synthetic vitamins that may harm vital organs and immune function in the longer run.



The investigative report looked specifically at zink, niacin, and vitamin A additives, all of which are synthetically derived when added to breakfast cereals, to see how manufacturers use them. The team looked at nutrition labels for 1,556 breakfast cereals and 1,025 snack and energy bars to analyze their contents of vitamin A, zinc and niacin, and compare these levels to recommended daily values.



What they discovered was that 114 cereal brands were fortified with levels of either vitamin A, zinc or niacin, or all three, that EXCEED the recommended daily amounts for adults by 30 percent. As well as, 27 snack and energy bars were identified as having these same nutrients at levels 50 percent higher than the recommended daily amount.



Isolated, synthetic vitamins are harmful as they can disrupt proper absorption of nutrients.



The reason why this is a problem is that each of these key nutrients, when consumed in synthetic form, poses potential health risks. Too much synthetic vitamin A, for instance, can potentially cause liver damage, skeletal abnormalities, peeling skin, and/or hair loss. And too much synthetic zinc can block the absorption of bioavailable copper, which is necessary for proper immune function.

These same nutrients as found naturally in whole foods are completely harmless, of course. But when they are manufactured in a lab and injected into processed foods that have been stripped of their natural nutrient content like in commercial breakfast cereals, the effects can be quite different.



“Food producers often fortify foods with large amounts of vitamins and minerals to make their products APPEAR more nutritious so they will sell better,” explains the EWG report. “Fortified breakfast cereals are the number one source of excessive intake because all three nutrients are added to fortified foods in amounts calculated for adults, not children.”



Whole food vitamins, however, ARE safe to consume in high levels



Though the EWG report does not make a clear distinction between whole, food-based vitamins and the chemical imitators commonly added to processed foods, the evaluation clearly demonstrates that synthetic vitamins are the problem. Because they lack the necessary co-factors required for proper metabolism, synthetic vitamins tend to tax the body rather than feed it.



“Excessive exposure to fortified nutrients is the result of unscrupulous marketing, flawed nutrition labeling and outdated fortification policy,” adds the EWG report. “The current nutrition labeling system puts children’s health at risk and is in dire need of reform.”



You can read the full EWG report here:



Again, it is important to note that these findings pertain to synthetic vitamins as they are added back into over-processed foods, and NOT to whole foods that are naturally high in vitamins. The findings also do not pertain to whole-food-based vitamin supplements derived from actual food rather than synthetic chemicals.



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Shrimp injected with UnSafe Gelatin maybe included at your next seafood meal

There are multiple companies in Vietnam that are injecting substances into shrimps in order to increase their sells.  This gelatin type of substance is sometimes referred to as CMC, but so far no one knows exactly what that means or what it is made from.


Vietnam is one of the top 5 exporters of shrimps, and one of the members of the TPP aka Trans-Pacific Partnership.  This means if the TPP becomes law, we will not be able to stop this practice and companies can (or will) sue anytime their abilities to make profits is prohibited.  Not even the Supreme Court will be able to do anything to stop this as they will lose out to an ISDS Court (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) of 3 corporate lawyers that will decide financial payments to corporations.


With this practice, companies can increase the weight of shrimps from 1kg to 1.15-1.2kg meaning they will be able to charge more per weight bringing in more profits.


It is uncertain how safe this substance is.  Some claim they use a type of “edible gelatin” which is safe since it’s extracted from animal bones and skins.  But even if they claim this, they maybe instead using a Industrial Gelatin substance which is cheaper and is used in print and in the funiture industry.  This kind of gelatin contains heavy metals like mercury and lead and these metals can damage the blood and liver.  They are even carcinogenic!  Even if the company is using the edible version, the injection process itself is asepic and extremely dangerous.


In China, they frown upon this practice.  Going as far as banning these illegal practices and arresting some of the sellers.  But they do lack in the will to aggressively solve the problem.  This has been an ongoing practice and issue in China for over 10 years.


We, here in the US, import huge quantities of these shrimps and not all are able to be inspected via FDA as they lack the manpower to achieve this.  The governments continue to claim that this dangerous practice is under control. (If you can believe anything the governments say)


Bottom line is… If the product you buy looks too plump and too good to be true, it’s probably pumped full of unsafe gelatin.


Consume at your own risk.



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Top 5 Cancer Causing Food Snacks

Food snacks today are not like what Grandma use to make.  Today our snacks are swimming in chemical cocktails that are not healthy for human consumption, but still somehow it gets approved through the FDA claiming that as long as its below a certain threshold that it’s “safe”.  Then marketed as delicious, and a “gotta have” item.


When you look at the ingredients in an item and see “Red 40” or “Yellow 5”, note that these are made from petroleum.  Yes the same kind of petroleum to make oil and gas is used to make your food.  Sounds tasty right?!


Health problems from these types of ingredients can include hyperactivity in children, cancer, and allergic reactions.  Artificial food coloring has been linked to bed-wetting, ear infections, headaches, hypersensitivity, obesity, asthma, diabetes, eczema, mood swings, hyperactivity, sleep disturbances, increased risky behavior, ADD/ADHA, chromosomal damage, hives, and hypoglycemia.


These substances are so toxic that the British Government and European Union have ended the use of dyes throughout Europe.  They have made it a crime to use these chemicals in foods so food companies are forced to use healthier ingredients than they use in the USA.


  1.  Pop Tarts

These were first introduced to the public in 1964.  The frosted strawberry flavor has corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose and sugar withing the first 6 ingredients.  These are ALL harmful sugars!  The alarming ingrediens are TBHQ which comes from petroleum and is related to butane, partially hydrogenated soybean oil that causes cellular dysfunction, and cancer causing artificial colors.

2.  Fruit Snacks

          These come in so many “fruit” flavors and characters that maybe hard to resist… Until you know that they are made mostly of artifical additives and colors.  “Red 3” is a commonly used food coloring, also known as E127 or Erthrosine, a petroleum product.


3.  M&M’s

          These are fun colorful chocolate candies that melt in your mouth… well you know the rest.  Most don’t know that “colorful” colors are artificial and are actually harmful when ingested.  The colors utilized are, “Blue #2”, a petroleum based product that increases hyperactivity in children, increases brain tumors in lab rats and other abnormal cell development.  “Blue #1”, produces malignant tumors.  “Red #40” damages DNA.  “Yellow #6”, can cause cancer.  And “Yellow #5”, this one as well as the others all are made from petroleum and can cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity, cancer, and a lot of other health ailments.


4.  Cheetos

          Those oh so yummy tasty orange, cheesy snacks!  Unfortunately the artificial color that creates the “cheese” color is made from “Yellow 6” which we know is derived from petroleum.  As is the “cheese” flavoring, including, methyl benzoate and ethyl methylphenidate.  According to New Jersey’s Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet, Methyl Benzoate is a colorless, oily liquid with a pleasant, fruity odor that is used in perfumes and as a solvent. A SOLVENT.  It goes on to state that exposure to Methyl Benzoate can cause skin allergies, skin rash, and may even cause an asthma-like allergy like shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and/or chest tightness.


5.  Teddy Grams

          Who doesn’t love Teddy Grams?! They have been around since 1988 and are available in 5 different flavors.  The tiny bears are a great size for even the smallest of fingers.  Everyone Loves Teddy Grams… Until you find out that they are laced with the dreaded TBHQ.  TBHQ can be toxic and can also cause nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ear, delirium and collapse.  Used on Lab Rats, its produces cancer, fragments DNA, you know the building blocks of life, and causes damage to humae lung and umbilical cells.  In children it can cause anxiety, restlessness, and intensify the symptoms of ADHA.


Your body is only as healthy as what you put into it.  There are many quick and easy healthy snacks to grab and go.  Organic fruit, pre portioned bags of organic carrots and so much more!


To be healthy we must first see that we eat healthy.



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Hydroxycut, is it safe?

Hydroxycut is a dietary supplements that is marketed for weight loss. Their products range from drink mixes, protein bars, chewable “gummies,” caplets, and powder that you can sprinkle on to food. Some ingredients include kelp fiber, green coffee, spinach extract, and caffeine.


Very limited medical research indicates that some of the ingredients such as the herbs in Hydroxycut, along with its caffeine content, can help people lose weight, but only a little. Indeed, even the company’s marketing literature reminds users that its products only work in conjunction with exercise and a reduced calorie diet.



Here’s the deal…

Hydroxycut products came onto the market in 2002. Early formulations contained ephedra, a plant extract claimed to increase a person’s energy. Some forms of ephedra extract were banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004, (researchers say that indeed ephedra raises blood pressure and puts additional stress on the circulatory system. Those effects have been linked to potentially deadly conditions, including heart attack and stroke.) so then the supplements were reformulated.


In 2009, the FDA issued a consumer warning on all Hydroxycut supplements, so the company voluntarily recalled its products. The agency pointed to 23 cases of liver-related problems associated with the use of Hydroxycut. These included jaundice, brown urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. The agency said that while adverse events were rare, they were still cause for concern.


The Ingredients

The ingredients in Hydroxycut products vary, but many contain leaf extracts from wild ol-ive, cumin, wild mint, and lady’s mantle, along with caffeine.

Other ingredients might include kelp fiber, spinach extract, and green coffee bean ex-tract.

Hydroxycut products later returned to the market with different ingredients, including herbs. While the current ingredients are deemed safe, Hydroxycut has continued to be linked to a few health problems.


What Are the Dangers?

Hydroxycut has reduced or eliminated some of the ingredients that caused concerns in its early formulations, most notably ephedra. However, since 2009 there have been a number of reported cases of liver failure, among other problems, that researchers have linked to Hydroxycut.


Ischemic Colitis

A case report from 2011 suggested that one case of ischemic colitis was caused by Hydroxycut. This condition occurs when blood flow to the colon is reduced because your arteries are narrowed or blocked. The researchers speculated that the high levels of caffeine or perhaps one of the herbs in Hydroxycut could have caused the problem.


Caffeine Overdose

Hydroxycut products differ on how much caffeine they contain. Some have no caffeine at all. The formulas with high doses, such as Hydroxycut Max Advanced for Women, contain as much caffeine as three cups of coffee, around 400 mg. Most people shouldn’t have more than 300 mg of caffeine a day. A caffeine overdose can cause shortness of breath and nervousness, or even an irregular heartbeat.



The caffeine in Hydroxycut was also cited as a possible cause in the exertional rhabdomyolysis of three American soldiers in a 2013 case study. Skeletal muscle tears that release fluid into the circulatory system cause exertional rhabdomyolysis, which can lead to metabolic, blood, and liver problems.


Other Conditions

Hydroxycut has been suggested as a contributor to some cases of ulcerative colitis. And psychiatric researchers in Australia and New Zealand have studied Hydroxycut as possibly triggering manic episodes.  The symptoms of mania include: elevated mood, inflated self-esteem, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, difficulty maintaining attention, increase in goal-directed activity, and excessive involvement in pleasurable activities. These manic symptoms significantly impact a person’s daily living.


The Takeaway

If you have struggled with being overweight, you probably feel very frustrated. It’s easy to see why you’d want to try a weight loss product like Hydroxycut, which, since its multiple reformations, seems somewhat safer. But why gamble with a possible urgent health complication, or risk triggering a dangerous condition you didn’t even know you had? The goal of weight loss is better health, not endangerment.


If you want to achieve sustainable weight loss, reduce the number of calories you consume so that it’s lower than the number of calories you expend.  A proper diet with proper exercise is the perfect recipe for weight loss and to maintain a healthy body weight.  Like they say, you are what you eat, so if you eat unhealthy food, you will have an unhealthy body. Don’t fool yourself by thinking products like Hydroxycut will accelerate your progress or make a weight loss miracle happen overnight.


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