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Dear Subway: I Want Chicken In My Chicken Sandwich!

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Caution: If you like eating Subway’s oven roasted chicken sandwich, you might not want to read this post! Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about building a healthier sandwich – and mentioned that wheat bread isn’t the same thing as whole wheat bread. And that, according to its ingredients, Subway’s wheat bread is really just unhealthy white bread in disguise. It’s a deceptively unhealthy choice for health-conscious consumers.

But it doesn’t stop there.

When I’ve gone to Subway, I’ve ordered the oven roasted chicken sandwich. It seems like a smart choice.

But I was surprised to see the chicken breast patty listed on Subway’s ingredients page. After all, what’s in a chicken breast patty other than chicken? Maybe a little salt and pepper? It should be a pretty short list.

No such luck. According to Subway’s ingredients for their actual website, here’s what’s in their chicken breast patty:

Chicken breast with rib meat, water, seasoning (corn syrup solids, vinegar powder [maltodextrin, modified corn starch and tapioca
starch, dried vinegar], brown sugar, salt, dextrose, garlic powder, onion powder, chicken type flavor [hydrolyzed corn gluten, autolyzed yeast extract, thiamine hydrochloride, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate]), sodium phosphates.

That’s nearly 20 ingredients. In a chicken breast patty. Excuse me while I vomit.

It’s bizarre that the second ingredient is water. And that the there are three different types of sugar in the patty including corn syrup solids, brown sugar and dextrose. Also, why does a chicken sandwich need “chicken type” flavor? Clearly it’s because this chicken sandwich is packed with non-chicken filler. Autolyzed yeast extract, by the way, is an inexpensive substitute for MSG.

While the nutrition information for Subway’s oven roasted chicken is fairly healthy, it doesn’t tell the full story. For those of us that (at least try, most of the time) to honor our bodies with whole, real foods, this oven roasted chicken patty dosen’t make the cut.

I’m happy to say that I’ve had my last Subway sandwich. My body deserves better.

27 Fast Food Items with 1,000 Calories or More.

War-on-fast-food-006The thing about calories is that they tend to add up.

We know that a calorie deficit is required for losing weight – which means that you take in fewer calories than you burn. For those of us looking to maintain our current weight, we need to be in a calorie neutral state where we’re consuming the same number of calories that we burn.

Regardless, counting calories means being very mindful of the foods we consume and avoiding the calorie bombs on many fast food menus. Case in point, the below infographic shows 27 different fast food items with more than 1,000 calories – including a nearly 10,000 calorie burger and a 2,140 calorie order of cheese fries.

Are any of your favorites on this list? Any surprises?


Does Fast Food Make You Fat? [Study]

ronaldfcdonaldsmallA few weeks ago, I posted about Subway – and how their menu is deceptively unhealthy. Today, I’m kicking up the rhetoric by sharing a fast food study that was published by the science journal The Lancet.

Following 3,000 young adults for a period of 15 years, researchers found that those participants who ate fast food more than twice per week gained an extra 10 pounds of body weight and were twice as likely to be insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is a risk factor for Type II diabetes. In other words, there’s a strong correlation between fast food and both obesity and diabetes.

Of course, this isn’t to say that you can’t make sensible selections at fast food restaurants. Indeed, McDonald’s has apples on the menu. But this is to say that most of the people who eat fast food aren’t opting for apples – and that healthy selections are difficult to find or far and few between.

I don’t share this study because I’m against fast food. I’m not. I share this study because I’m for nourishing food – and most fast food isn’t that. If your health is a priority (and I hope it is – after all, we only get one body), then focus on eating well instead of eating fast.

Eat well. Feel well. Be well.

Is Subway Really Healthy?

webmd_rf_photo_of_subway_meatball_subThere are more subway restaurants around the world than McDonalds (37,000+ and counting!) – and the chain has done a great job of positioning their menu as the healthy alternative to fast food. With a slogan of “eat fresh” and advertising campaigns built around losing weight and eating smarter (remember Jared?), it begs the question: Is Subway really that healthy?

I once heard someone compare eating at Subway versus McDonalds to jumping off the 30th floor instead of the 40th. It’s an apt analogy. Either way, the outcome is still going to be the same. In this instance, a larger waistline is the likely result.

Of course, some Subway sandwiches are healthy. For instance, I’ve opted for a six inch Veggie Sandwich on whole wheat topped with grilled chicken and no condiments. It’s low in unhealthy fats, high in good carbs and protein and loaded up with essential nutrients.

But then there are sandwiches like the foot long Big Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken and Bacon Ranch, Meatball Marinara or Tuna Sandwich – all of which clock in with nearly a thousand calories. It’s also worth distinguishing between low fat and healthy. With a respectable 9 grams of fat, Subway’s Sweet Onion Chicken¬†Teriyaki Sandwich is positioned as low fat. But it still has a whooping 760 calories. And then there’s all the sodium found in deli meats.

For anyone trying to eat smarter, these sandwiches can do some real damage.

If you do want to eat at Subway, be mindful of portions, calories, sodium and fat. Steer clear of cheese, mayo, creamy dressings or any other unhealthy toppings. Order your sandwich on whole wheat bread and go for six inches rather than the foot long.

The bottom line: Regardless of the restaurant, the lesson here is to look past the marketing hype. Just because a food is positioned, advertised or labeled with alleged health benefits doesn’t make it a smart choice.