Nutrition Action Healthletter
September 1998 — U.S. Edition

Take the Subway

You’re out shopping. It’s late. You’re tired. The kids are screaming. Everybody’s starving.

So what if you blow 1,000 calories and three-quarters of a day’s fat and saturated fat on a Big Mac and a large order of fries? So what if your kids scarf down what looks like half a pound of cheese on their pizza? Anything for a little peace.

Next time, before your behinds settle into their molded plastic seats, see if you can find a Subway. The huge chain’s “7 subs with 6 grams of fat or less” are revolutionizing the fast-food industry...and fast-food advertising.

That’s no typo. Six-inch subs with a sixth the fat (and half the calories) of a Whopper or typical deli tuna fish sandwich.

Okay, so the Ham, Roast Beef, Roasted Chicken Breast, Subway Club, Turkey Breast, and Turkey Breast & Ham are high in sodium. (The Veggie Delite is the lone sub that’s under 600 milligrams. The Turkey Breast tops 1,400 mg.) That’s not good...but it’s no worse than the pizza, burgers, or just about any other fast food.

To keep the fat from climbing above six grams and the sodium to a dull roar, nix the oil, mayo, and pickles. And can the cheese (unless you’re getting the Veggie Delite, which is low enough in sat fat and sodium to handle it).

Subway—(800) 888-4848 , ext. 85

Original Cini

The Food Porn Department would like to take this opportunity to thank Burger King for supplying us with a steady stream of candidates.

Last November, we singled out the Big King—one of the worst ready-in-a-minute hamburgers in the universe—in our fast-food survey. Then, in April, the newly reformulated (and seriously artery-clogging) french fries made it all the way to a back cover thumbs down.

Now come Cini-minis. The four tiny cinnamon rolls served warm with “Icing Dip” on the side pack 550 calories, 26 grams of fat, seven grams of saturated fat, and nine teaspoons of sugar. And that doesn’t include the damage to your heart from their trans fat.

BK is one of the few fast-food chains where it can be tough to get a healthier breakfast. If you’re on the road and need a jump start, head for McDonald’s. Some of them serve (whole-grain) Wheaties with 1% low-fat milk. And you can always get a low-fat Apple Bran Muffin or an English muffin or some orange juice and an order of Hotcakes & Syrup.

“Dip ‘em & Go,” says the Cini-minis box. Make that “Ditch ‘em & Go.”

Burger King—(305) 378-3535.

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