The Truth About The Advertising At Subway
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The Truth About The Advertising At Subway

Most Subway sandwiches are healthier than fast food burgers, but some of them are not as healthy as you may think.

Subway has been advertising that it has several 6 inch sandwiches that have 5 grams of fat or less. They even compare the calorie and fat content of their sandwiches to Burger King and McDonalds. The comparisons have been displayed prominently on television ads and even on the napkins that they hand out. The statistics are impressive, but are they true? Most of it is, but some of it is misleading.

Subway has several 6 inch subs that have 5 grams of fat or less. They compare these sandwiches to the McDonald’s Big Mac and the Burger King Whopper. The sizes of these portions are almost the same, so the comparison has merit. It is definitely true that most of Subway 6 inch sandwiches have less fat or calories than either the Big Mac or the Whopper. What is misleading about the comparison is how the sandwiches are prepared.

The Subway advertising shows the nutritional value of their sandwiches without cheese or sauce. The listings for those items are listed separately. The nutritional value of the Big Mac includes cheese and sauce. The one for the Whopper includes mayonnaise and ketchup. If you exclude these items, then you a get a comparison that is a little more even. The Big Mac has 540 calories and 29g of fat with cheese and sauce, but only 400 calories and 20g of fat without them. The Whopper has 670 calories and 29g of fat loaded, but only 490 calories and 22g of fat without the cheese and condiments. Here is a listing of all the 6 inch sandwiches compared to the burgers in terms of calories.

Veggie Delight - 230

Turkey Breast – 280

Turkey Breast & Ham - 280

Black Forest Ham – 290

Subway Club - 310

Oven Roasted Chicken – 320

Roast Beef - 320

BLT – 320

Cold Cut Combo – 370

Subway Melt – 370

Sweet Onion & Teriyaki - 380

Steak & Cheese – 380

Big Mac - 400

Italian BMT - 410

Chicken Marinara - 410

Buffalo Chicken – 420

Tuna - 470

Meatball Marainara – 480

Spicy Italian – 480

Whopper - 490

Steak & Bacon Melt - 500

Big Philly Cheesesteak – 500

Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt – 570

Most of the Subway sandwiches are still lower than both burgers in calories. However, there are still 3 that are higher than the whopper and 9 that are higher than the Big Mac. Some of the Subway sandwiches automatically come with a sauce because let’s face it, a tuna sandwich cannot come without mayonnaise. Let’s take a look at how they compare against each other in terms of fat content.

Veggie Delite – 2.5g

Turkey Breast 3.5g

Turkey Breast & Ham 4g

Black Forest Ham – 4.5g

Subway Club – 4.5g

Sweet Onion & Teriyaki – 4.5g

Oven Roasted Chicken – 5g

Roast Beef – 5g

BLT – 9g

Chicken Marinara Melt – 10g

Steak & Cheese – 10g

Subway Melt – 11g

Cold Cut Combo – 13g

Buffalo Chicken – 15g

Steak & Bacon Melt – 16g

Italian BMT – 16g

Big Philly Cheesesteak – 17g

Meatball Marinara – 18g

Big Mac – 20g

Whopper – 22g

Tuna – 24g

Spicy Italian – 24g

Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt – 28g

Most of the sandwiches have a considerably less amount of fat, but 3 of them are higher than both the Big Mac and the Whopper. Almost every Subway sandwich is healthier than a burger, but not all of them. The bottom line is always be careful which sandwich you order. Some of them are not a healthy choice.


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Comments (4)

Very interesting and informative share...and nicely written, too. Your illustrations add visual stimulation to your article. Thanks for posting.

Wow, what a really great article.

I liked it, voted up

Good job, and it really is naughty of them, and very misleading - which is probably the idea.