Sunday, February 7, 2010

Is Subway's Vegetarian Vegetable Soup Vegan?

In the world of fast food, vegan friendly menu items are hard to come by. Of course, it's a little hypocritical to be on what can be considered the healthiest diet possible yet still eat at fast food restaurants. However, reality is a wonderful thing and sometimes today's vegan is so constrained by time that we must, from time to time, eat at the crap factories.

Subway is great because the food is made right in front of you, so you know nothing is being slipped in without you knowing. A fresh whole wheat sub stuffed with raw vegetables is about the healthiest fast food you can get and the price is right.

Subway can be found on every street corner, so you're always within minutes from one of their restaurants. Sure, there is only one real item on their menu for us but, it can be topped in an almost infinite amount of ways. They do offer a vegetable patty, although I've never tried it.

A few weeks ago, my local Subway was advertising Vegetarian Vegetable soup. I was going to try it but couldn't trust there not to be chicken broth or cheese buried somewhere deep inside. The folks at the counter couldn't tell me what the ingredients were so I passed on the soup.

I e-mailed Subway's customer service and received the ingredients to, not only the Vegetarian Vegetable soup, but to all of the soups they offer. Some others were close to vegan, but could only pass as vegetarian. However, the Vegetarian Vegetable is full-fledged vegan.

The official ingredients are as follows:

Vegetarian Vegetable – 11948 – CanadaCarrots, Water, Tomatoes (citric acid, calcium chloride), Tomato Paste,Rehydrated Potatoes (sodium phosphate), Green Beans, Cabbage, Corn, Celery,Peas, Zucchini, Salt, Red Peppers, Sugar, Rehydrated Onions, Modified CornStarch, Onion Powder, Flavour, Vegetable Concentrate(carrots, celery, beets,parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach), Garlic Powder, Yeast Extract, Spice,Parsley, Citric Acid and Caramel. Allergens: Wheat

Of course, there are some of us that do not take in yeast. In that case, this soup is not for you.

1 comment:

  1. GIVE ME A BREAK! Subway bread is the healthiest fast food thing ever?
    You probably won't even follow the link, but the first bread listed has 41 ingredients.