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Arby’s recently spent a great deal of commercial air-time bashing Subway for a lack of freshness in their meats. It was a pretty crafty ad in which retired NYPD detective (turned private investigator and TV personality) Bo Dietl supposedly “investigated” Subway’s food.
*In my previous article Can You Really Eat Fresh At Subway, I explain how Subway’s food is neither fresh nor healthy, and also list some of the more dangerous ingredients they use and why you shouldn’t eat them.
Arby’s then aired another commercial, aimed at convincing you of the “freshness” of their fish, in an attempt to capture Subway’s customers. The ad portrays a fishing boat somewhere in the arctic waters of…wherever, and Bo Dietl “uncovers” for us that Arby’s Alaskan whitefish is caught wild, filleted fresh, and sent directly to your local Arby’s store.
Of course, they don’t actually say the fish is caught in Alaska. They say it’s caught “right here,” but the exact location of “here” is never revealed. The entire campaign is supposed to convince you that Arby’s food is fresh and Subway’s food isn’t.
These commercials are indicative of the deception used by the food industry in their marketing. You certainly don’t need to hire a PI to find information that’s openly available on Subway’s own website. Their Product Ingredient List is there for all to see, shocking as it may be.
Here is the truth about Arby’s fish sandwich and its ingredients.
Arby’s Sesame Seed Bun
Last I checked, bread only had a handful of ingredients. We won’t get into the fact that bread itself is a toxin to the human body and leads to a host of health issues, but Arby’s bun has over 50 ingredients (as does Subway’s), many of which have been linked to serious health problems. Here is a partial list:
High Fructose Corn Syrup – If you aren’t yet familiar with this health disaster, you haven’t been paying attention. It’s an added sweetener often found in baked goods, canned fruit, dairy, soda, and many other processed foods and diet foods. It’s not only the #1 source of calories in the US, but has also been linked to fatty deposits in the liver, arterial plaques, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity, damage to the immune system, and accelerated aging.
Azodicarbonamide – A flour bleaching agent also used in the production of foamed plastics. It’s banned in the UK, Australia, most European countries, and if you use it in Singapore they’ll put you in prison.
Soy Lecithin – A waste product containing solvents and pesticides used as a preservative and emulsifier. It contains genetically modified organisms (GMO) and has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, fertility issues, and brain abnormalities.
Natural Flavors – This looks so innocent, but natural flavors are anything but healthy. You might infer “natural flavors” to mean real apples were used to flavor your jar of apple sauce, but in actuality they are chemical additives synthesized to trick your brain into craving more of whatever you’re eating. It’s just another deceptive term for MSG, artificial sugar, and other chemicals that are hidden in our food.
Caramel Color – Caramel coloring = cancer. It’s a known carcinogen and does absolutely nothing in terms of nutrition. It’s used solely to make food look appetizing. Caramel Color is manufactured by heating ammonia and sulfites under high pressure which is what creates the carcinogenic compounds.
Propylene Glycol – A known neurotoxin also used in antifreeze, nail polish, and acne treatments. It’s been linked cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies, immune problems, and hormonal imbalances.
Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate - When they remove the fat, they put this in its place. SSL is used as a dough conditioner, foaming agent, and is commonly found in face and hand moisturizer.
I could go on, but what’s the point?
Arby’s Alaskan Whitefish
What could be more wholesome than a light, low-calorie fillet of fish, right? As we leave the drive-through or receive our order at a restaurant, we often don’t see beyond the portions of chicken, beef, or fish we’ve just been served. What’s in the chicken? Well…chicken. What’s in hamburger meat? Well…hamburger.
Many aren’t aware of the considerable amounts of “other” additives that are almost ALWAYS present.
How many ingredients would you expect an Arby’s fish sandwich to have then? If you said over 50, you’d be right!
Here are just a few of them:
Modified Food Starch – A genetically modified (GMO) corn product used as a thickener and anti-caking agent. There is virtually no way to tell what chemicals were used in processing.
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein – A fancy word for MSG. It’s highly addictive, interferes with neural receptors in the brain, and causes obesity.
Natural Flavors – See above.
Artificial Colors – Made from petroleum (gasoline) and are known carcinogens (cancer). These keep the fish appearing fresh. Why would actual fresh fish need this?
Multiple Preservatives – Again, why are these necessary if the fish is so fresh?
Torula Yeast – Another fancy name for MSG.
Dextrose – Processed sugar, made from corn, and is also genetically modified (GMO).
These fish fillets are also cooked in corn oil which is full of unhealthy Omega 6 fats. Too many Omega 6s contribute to systemic inflammation, heart disease, and cancer.
Arby’s Tartar Sauce
The tartar sauce is the best part of any fish sandwich, and you can bet Arby’s has a version that is nothing but yummy, but here is the complete list of ingredients copied and pasted from their own website.
Soybean Oil, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Corn Syrup, Pickles, Distilled Vinegar, Sugar, Egg Yolk, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Corn-Cider Vinegar, Onion (dehydrated), Propylene Glycol Alginate, Red Bell Peppers, Xanthan Gum, Spices (including mustard seed), Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (preservatives), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Polysorbate 80, Calcium Disodium EDTA (to protect flavor). CONTAINS: EGG
There’s a whole lot of trouble waiting in that list. Do an internet search of “Sodium Benzoate” and “Polysorbate 80″ and see if they’re things you’d want your kids eating.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can select other Arby’s menu items because they are “healthier.” I’ve included a link to Arby’s Menu Item & Ingredients list so you can see for yourself.
Hilariously, they have “Slicing Up Freshness” written at the top of the page. Gimme a break.