Subway is a great fast food restaurant. They have many healthy menu options and have long been ahead of their competition in championing health and wellness in America. That is why this one kind of stings. As Subway has grown over the years, so has their menu, and so has American’s waistlines. This means it has begun offering not so healthy menu options. It’s not all bad news, but it’s certainly eye opening. This latest news comes on the release of a study done by UCLA which basically shows that when left up to pure choice, teens will choose meals at Subway that are just as unhealthy as the ones you can get a McDonald’s. While the study is a recent development, this has been something that has been evident for a while. When subway began selling sandwiches like the Big Philly Cheese Steak or Chipotle Steak and Cheese Melt with Avocado or the Chick Bacon and Ranch Melt, it’s hard not to see the unhealthiness. The studies results of nutrition intake are spelled out below. Take a look for yourself:
Subway addressed concerns that arose by the publishing of the study by releasing this statement:
Subway Global Dietitian Lanette Kovachi, MS, RD, responded with the following statement: “Regarding the 2011 UCLA study of 87 young adults, we want to clarify a few things. As long time leaders in offering customers healthier options, Subway restaurants has always provided customers nutritional information on all of our menu offerings along with a wide array of great-tasting, low-fat and low-calorie subs and salads. We stand behind our nutritional offerings and continue to make advancements to our menu that meet the evolving tastes of our customers.”
Keep in mind that any restaurant you visit will have healthy choices and not so healthy choices. You might be tempted by the not so healthy choices. The reason we brought this up today is to help address “fake healthy food”, which is food that is advertised to you as healthy, but not always as healthy as you may think. It is important to recognize this food, and steer clear of it. When ordering food out remember to have everything in moderation, and make smart well informed choices (and it never hurts to forgo cheese on your sandwich/meal). If you have questions don’t be afraid to consult nutrition information on the website of the food establishment you will be going to visit, if it is available.