I’d like to play a little game. On board for a bit of fun?! Okay… here are the rules of engagement:
- Subway Restaurant & I will go toe-to-toe in a mono-e-mono 4-round recipe throw-down.
- In each round I’ll share a photo borrowed from Subway Restaurant’s website.
- In the name of competition, Subway & I will each share the list of ingredients we use to create the 4 photographed recipes.
- Being the good sport that I am, I’ll accept the risk of offering my recipe ingredient list first, in each round.
- Just to ensure no questions, I’ll use Subway’s
nearly impossible to locate1/2014 Revised Ingredients PDF to denote their recipe.
- I’ll keep score in this game by adding the # of ingredients I use versus the # of ingredients Subway uses.
- By the conclusion of Round 4, whoever uses the most
multi-part, emulsified products, collection of chemicals, lab-generated preservatives, & genetically-modifiedingredients, loses.
Sound fair?! Yes? I agree. GAME TIME!
ROUND 1: BREAD
HOW I MAKE BREAD: Flour. Yeast. Water. Salt. Butter. Sugar.
HOW SUBWAY MAKES “BREAD”: Wheat flour. Malted barley flour. Niacin. Iron. Thiamine mononitrate. Riboflavin. Folic acid. Water. Yeast. Whole wheat flour. Sugar. Wheat gluten. Oat fiber. Soybean oil. Wheat bran. Salt. Wheat. Rye. Yellow corn. Oats. Triticale. Brown rice. Barley. Flaxseed. Millet. Sorghum. Yeast nutrients. Calcium carbonate. Calcium sulfate. Ammonium sulfate. D2. Diacetyl tartaric acid ester of monoglycerides. Sodium stearoyl lactylate. Potassium iodate. Ascorbic acid. Azodicarbonamide. Caramel color. Refinery syrup. Honey. Yeast extract. Natural flavor. Enzymes. *Source: Subway’s January 2014 Revised Ingredients PDF
1ST ROUND SCORE: A Bachelor & His Grill – 6 v. Subway Restaurant – 42 + 1 Bonus point for use of Azodicarbonamide (chemical compound commonly used to enhance elasticity in products ranging from yoga mats, to shoe rubber & synthetic leathers. And, 110% illegal to use within food products in Europe, Australia & vast majority of the civilized world.)
ROUND 2: CHICKEN
HOW I MAKE CHICKEN: Chicken breast. Olive oil. Salt&Pepper.
HOW SUBWAY MAKES “CHICKEN”: Emulsified chicken breast. Rib meat. Water. Chicken type flavor. Potassium chloride. Maltodextrin. Sugar. Autolyzed yeast extract. Gum arabic. Molasses. Salt. Lactic acid. Disodium guanylate. Disodium inosinate. Fructose. Medium chain triglycerides. Dextrose. Succinic acid. Vinegar solids. Thiamine hydrochloride. Artificial flavors. Soy protein concentrate. Modified potato starch. Sodium phosphates. *Source: Subway’s January 2014 Revised Ingredients PDF
2nd ROUND SCORE: A Bachelor & His Grill – 4 v. Subway Restaurant – 24 +1 Bonus Point for use of Potassium Chloride (Chemical most commonly used in FERTILIZER & HUMAN LETHAL INJECTIONS)
TOTAL SCORE: A Bachelor & His Grill – 10 v. Subway Restaurant – 68
ROUND 3: Ham
HOW I MAKE HAM: Ham. Whole-grain mustard. Vinegar. Brown Sugar. Butter. Honey Bourbon.
HOW SUBWAY MAKES “HAM”: Restructured, multi-part cooked ham. Water. Dextrose. Modified food starch. Salt. Potassium lactate. Potassium chloride. Pork stock. Sugar. Yeast extract. Lactic acid. Fructose. Sunflower oil. Cysteine hydrochloride. Calcium lactate. Flavors. Grill flavor from sunflower oil. Polysorbate 80. Rendered pork fat. Smoke flavor. Sodium phosphate. Sodium diacetate. Sodium erythorbate. Sodium nitrite. Caramel color. *Source: Subway’s January 2014 Revised Ingredients PDF
3rd ROUND SCORE: A Bachelor & His Grill – 6 v. Subway Restaurant – 25 +1 Bonus Point for having the stones to use an ingredient called, “Flavors.” Seriously, is this a joke?
TOTAL SCORE: A Bachelor & His Grill – 16 v. Subway Restaurant – 94
ROUND 4: Breakfast Steak Sandwich
HOW I MAKE BREAKFAST STEAK SANDWICH: Steak. Olive oil. Egg. Mushroom. Onion. Salt&Pepper. English muffin (Flour. Butter. Sugar. Milk. Egg. Yeast. Salt.).
HOW SUBWAY MAKES “BREAKFAST STEAK SANDWICH”: Enriched flour. Niacin. Reduced iron. Thiamine mononitrate. Riboflavin. Folic acid. Malted barley flour. Ascorbic acid. Water. Yeast. Soybean oil. Nonfat dry milk. Wheat gluten. Salt. Sugar. Sodium stearoyl lactylate. Oat fiber. Calcium sulfate. Enzymes. Sodium acid pyrophosphate. Sodium bicarbonate. Corn starch. Monocalcium phosphate. Calcium propionate. Soybean oil. Food starch-modified. Distilled vinegar. Egg yolks. Spice. Potassium sorbate. Phosphoric acid. Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (Ladies&Gentlemen, That’s a 19-syllable ingredient – WTF?). DL-alpha-tocopheryl acetate. Extractive of paprika. Soy lecithin. Phylloquinone. Beef. Modified Corn Starch. Dextrose. Sodium Phosphate. Autolyzed Yeast. Hydrolyzed Corn Protein. Tomato Powder. Caramel Color. Onion. Garlic. Natural Flavors. Lemon Powder. Lemon Juice. Maltodextrin. Citric acid. Processed cultured milk. Processed skim milk. Cream. Sodium citrate. Sodium phosphate. Sorbic acid. Acetic acid. Enzymes. Lecithin. Whole eggs. Egg whites. Isolated pea product. Guar gum. Xanthan gum. Extractive of spice. Propylene glycol. Calcium silicate. Glycerin. Soybean Oil. Butter Alternative. Liquid soybean oil. Hydrogenated soybean oil. Soy lecithtin. Artificial flavors. tert-Butylhydroquinone. Dimethylpolysiloxane. Beta-carotene. *Source: Subway’s January 2014 Revised Ingredients PDF
4th ROUND SCORE: A Bachelor & His Grill – 14 v. Subway Restaurant – 90 +1 Bonus Point for including more than 20 ingredients with +5-syllables & 1 19-syllable ingredient?! Impressive.
GAME END – TOTAL SCORE: A Bachelor & His Grill – 30 v. Subway Restaurant – 185
Okay… First things first, I am open to all congratulatory responses & praises for this handsome victory. I’m not sure it was an entirely fair fight, but surely a transparent one & to my avail, I was more than willing to accept the underdog role in this match-up.
That said, I truly hope your attention is peaked. I hope you’re asking yourself, “What is Subway actually peddling to it’s trusting consumers?” Is this really the fresh, healthy choice-alternative that’s mass-marketed to the public, with branded support from our first lady, Michelle Obama – Really?!
Consumers do have a voice & platform to cultivate awareness on these issues – This being my platform. And, ultimately, no matter the size of an organization – We the People are judge, jury & executioner – voting innocent/guilty everyday via allocation of our discretionary income. Holistically, your voice & monetary vote are the sole driver of accountability. So what can you do?
1. HOLD SUBWAY ACCOUNTABLE WITH HOW YOU CHOOSE TO ALLOCATE YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY.
2. Sign the petition – Addressed to Fred DeLuca (Subway CEO), by clicking on the photo below:
3. For the love of your healthy, do NOT consume Subway products.
4. To ensure your loved ones are empowered with awareness in their dietary choices, SHARE THIS MESSAGE.
5. AMERICA, WAKE UP – MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN SANDWICHES!