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?

To: *******
From: peggy Mccarthy <*********>
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 you will be able to find our nationally offered products broken down by Nutrition/Ingredient information. For countries other than the USA visit 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

Comment ID: 2239420

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Lim Lynn
# Lim Lynn 2011-02-15 12:43
This article surprises me (2009 Subway opened another branch in Malaysian shopping mall near my housing estate) since I didn't expect to see through their brain washing advertisement (that eating Subway products would be unhealthy). Thank GOD that I stop eating their food after I stop studying in college and had a chance to read this article. Please continue this ministry since we are still unaware, lack of wisdom and knowledge to discern what's bad for our body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
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Neil Porter
# Neil Porter 2012-03-29 23:37
Thank you for a great, informative piece. I just ate at Subway this week, and I think it will have been the last time. I've been looking for a site like yours for quite some time. I was also very intrigued by your warnings on aspartame and other caustic ingredients in chewing gum. Many, many thanks!
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Pete Schutz
# Pete Schutz 2012-06-18 17:01
Just found this site and I love it. About a year ago, a coworker and I went through Subway's nutritional information and came to the conclusion that the most "healthy" item was the cookie. You couldn't pay me to eat any of it, but it's a real eye opener to what is considered FRESH.
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Cheryl LeValley
# New to siteCheryl LeValley 2012-06-27 22:12
I am new to this site and have read the article on subway. While I do not go out to restaurants to eat and while I am and will continue to be.. searching for the healthiest way to eat as I too believe that food is my medicine the article was an eye opener to share with others. I HAD 13 medical doctors and no longer go to any of them. When I did I lost some because I refused to take pharmaceutically prescribed medicines that had major side effects as well as unknown or shall I say known but not presented. I was really only on two prescription meds. Off one of the two and desperately searching for ways to get off Thyroid meds after having my thyroid removed. Getting back to food. I am all about organic, no processed but do fall off the wagon briefly, as in one meal, ocassionally. Thanks for truly applying Christian values and sharing in God's love.
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Felix Barre
# Sarah Cain is prettyFelix Barre 2012-11-25 23:47
I just went and got a Subway sandwich today because I hadn't eaten all day and couldn't get into my own kitchen to make food as my Mother was in it making dinner when i arrived home. i've been researching GMO's for a while now and trying to avoid all the unhealthy cooking oils and looking for recipes to try and move to a safer and more vegan diet. as far as fast food goes i thought subway would be the safest bet. perhaps it is but of course that doesn't make it safe. of course i had to search it and thats how this page came up for me. I have yet to research the articles on this site. The more i learn about all the threats to my health in all the foods there are along with the myriad of other wordly problems to go along with i regularly feel overcome. If world war and destruction by and large is our future then i pray that the lord will bring it quickly. I've been paranoid in silence and in awe at the level of ignorance and corruption that surrounds me. As well i've tired of the charade. For many years i've anesthetized my own feelings of anger with marijuana smoking and been most completely unsociable and reserved as most people seem depraved, vain, in chosen denial, or incapable of in depth critical thought. I thank god i was born in america where i've had so many freedoms and enjoyed relative safety but it seems to be committing suicide now. But anyways. Does anyone know of any place to get non GM soy? it seems alot of different things can be made out of soy but i've been led to believe that most all soy in the US is GM now. If it wasn't for spellchecker i would've misspelled believe and misspelled. that's pretty sad.
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Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2012-11-26 00:28
Soy is never a good idea. In its natural state, it is highly toxic. So, even non-GMO soy (which is extremely rare) should be avoided. Read this article for more information:

Soy is Unfit for Human Consumption (
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David Mills
# Looks Like I Won't be Going to SubWay Today!David Mills 2013-03-22 14:13
This is unbelievable, I was on my way to eat another "healthy fresh meal" from Subway and was actually just looking up on Google where the "meat" comes from at Subway. (I have been on an organic kick and am especially concirned with where meat comes from, watched too many documenteries exposing the truth)

I have read the entire article and all of the comments, I must say I was entertained by the comments and debating. I appreciate this site because you are trying to help expose the truth about food, especially in the United States. Its not about the informed being stronger or smarter, or better than others, but actually trying to spread the word.

The tough part about lunch today is that I did not bring it, my office is getting KFC (worst chicken source ever, from Tyson Farms and they own Taco Bell too)so Im not going there. I dont really have anywhere close by that I can get good food.

I must say I am bummed out big time that Subway is not a "healthy" place to eat. We are running out of places to trust to get our food.

What to do...

Thanks again and I will be checking out the rest of your site!

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Frank Smith
# Subway Stick IT!Frank Smith 2013-04-26 13:47
UNREAL! Come on Subway! The tumors the size of baseballs showing up on rats isn't enough evidence to show its unsafe!????????? What a racket. Take your subs and stick em where the sun doesn't shine.
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Deb Taylor
# Deb Taylor 2013-05-25 09:29
Thank you for this article. I stopped eating at other fast food restaurants long ago after watching videos on YouTube about McDonald's horrible food. I held out with Subway, hoping that its food is okay, maybe even healthy. I had my last Subway sandwich yesterday.
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Brigitte Koren
# re: Sarah Cain is prettyBrigitte Koren 2014-12-08 18:49
Quoting Felix Barre:
I just went and got a Subway sandwich today because I hadn't eaten all day and couldn't get into my own kitchen to make food as my Mother was in it making dinner when i arrived home.

Why not wait until your mother's dinner was done? Eat together as a family. Contribute to the cost instead of spending it at Subway which is only toxic food.
Try a Ketogenic diet, probably the best life style to heal anything and build a strong body. Research it!
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Dan Tobias
# No Nutritional Information for Non-US StoresDan Tobias 2014-12-12 00:53
I'm in China at the moment, so I went to the website where the Subway representative said to go to get information for Non-US stores. There's no nutritional information per se, but there is an FAQ where I found this.

"What menu items contain gluten / dairy / eggs / fish / shellfish / wheat / peanuts / tree nuts / soy / sulfites / nitrites?

"For US menu items a document is posted in the nutrition section of called “Ingredient Information for People with Food Allergies” this document identifies which standard menu items contain certain allergens and sensitive ingredients."

Apparently, you need to have a food allergy to consider whether or not toxic poisons like "sulfites" and "nitrites" are added to your food.

And they will give you information about the toxic poisons they put in US based food, but the people eating in other countries are out of luck when it comes to getting accurate information about what is in their Subway food.

If they can get away with stuffing their US food with toxic chemicals, imagine what they can get away with in places like China. Ouch.
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