Many people believe that subway is healthy for you. With Subway being #2 on the list of 500 Top Global
] and being voted one of the fastest growing franchises with almost
40,000 businesses in 100 countries[2
], it isn't too hard to see why.
That being said, is it really as healthy as claimed or is this all just hype? Lets dive in, shall we?
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What you're looking at now is the nutritional information for Subway, that much is clear. What isn't clear is what most people overlook, that the
calorie count for these subs are for the 6'' subs and not the 12'' ones.
With around 68% of Americans counting their calories[3
numbers as low as 320 for a Sub as great as the B.L.T. would no doubt make them believe this is the healthy(er) choice.....but are they right?
Now on to THIS
Isn't that just like the "artery-clogging fast food" restaurant to have a Double Cheeseburger for 440 calories? It's not too hard to see why
people are choosing Subway, but many forget the key....their nutrition information is for the 6''.
I don't know about you, but what I get when I go there is a "Footlong" (which may or may not be a full 12 inches
), therefore you have to double
the calories. That'd make a B.L.T. a whopping 640 calories, hell that's almost a full 100 calories over the Big Mac (which sits at a pretty 550).
That's just for the main course though, why not try sides?
Our final meal for Subway will be:
12'' B.L.T.-- 640 cal.
Lays Classic Chips -- 240 cal.[4
Medium Coke-- 191 cal.[5
Total that up and it'll leave us with 1,071 calories. THAT'S HEALTHY?
How about the terrible McDonalds:
Big Mac-- 550 cal.
Medium Fries-- 380 cal.[6
Medium Coke-- 210 cal.[7
Total that up and you'll find 1,140 calories.
One could argue that instead of getting a Big Mac you could get a McDouble (which is relatively similar) and save 160 calories.
Doing that would not only put you below Subway but also below the 1,000 calorie mark, however most would find that argument very biased and I won't
The point of this topic was to introduce the fact that many people skip out on their favorite foods from McDonalds just because they aren't healthy,
when in reality the "healthier choice" is a mere 70 calories behind it.
In summary, it's not about how "healthy" a place might be, if you dine in moderation the consequences will be minimal.
Getting to know what you really need to eat to become healthier should be top priority. For those concerned, you can read
my old thread
about nutrition, or read up.
After all, it's YOUR body and you only have one shot at it.