Deception at Subway: Nutrition Discrepancy?

So, I am a big fan of Subway, and love that they offer some Weight Watcher’s friendly menu items on their 6 grams of fat or less menu. Previously I wrote a post breaking down the point values of Jared’s menu items, and happily continued on my way. Just wanted to get that out there before I start the bashing.

Well recently, I was wondering what some of the nutritional values might be if I mixed it up a little. You know, be a rogue and have a flatbread instead of Jared’s standard wheat. Off I went to Subway’s helpful nutrition page to convert the numbers to a point value, when I discovered some shady, and misleading information.

Let’s talk numbers.  To start, we’ll begin with the basics: the nutrition for a sandwich as a 6 Grams of Fat or Less, and as a flatbread.

6″ Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Flatbread Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Calories

380

410

Fat

4.5 g

7 g

Fiber

5 g

3 g

Points

7

8

Ok, so there’s just a little difference here, so lets see where it comes from. We’ll look at the bread used.

6” 9-Grain Wheat Bread

Flatbread

Calories

210

240

Fat

2 g

5 g

Fiber

4 g

2 g

So, here is what we can take away. The difference in the breads account for the differences in the sandwiches almost exactly. Aka the only difference is the bread. But wait, there’s more! Jump now to Subway’s note at the bottom of the page:

Subs with 6 grams of fat or less include 9-Grain Wheat bread, lettuce tomatoes, onions, and green peppers. All other sandwich values include cheese unless otherwise noted” – Subway

So wait, this means that my flatbread has cheese on it right? What is this mysterious calorie and fat free cheese that Subway has discovered to make this possible? Well, it all depends on what they mean by “otherwise noted”.

Jumping over to the Sandwich Components section of their site, we can see what actually should go into a Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki:

Teriyaki glazed chicken strips, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, olives, and sweet onion sauce” – Subway

Ok, so this type of sub isn’t inherently made with cheese. I didn’t know that, Subway employees usually assume you want cheese anyways, and the nutrition page is misleading on what is supposed to contain cheese. Still, there are other problems even if we accept that the cheese not being part of the sub has been “otherwise noted”.

The sandwich description says that the sub comes with “olives and sweet onion sauce” in addition to the items that the nutrition page says makes up the 6 grams of fat or less subs. Now I’ll give them the olives, they hardly make a difference, but sweet onion sauce, although fat free, is not calorie free. So, should I assume that Jared’s version and the flatbread come with sauce, or that neither do?

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that Subway offers some nice options for the health conscious fast-food-goer, but still, a little transparency would be nice. For now, I say screw it, let there be cheese and sauce for all!!! Muahahahaha!!!

And as a parting shot:

6″ Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Flatbread Sweet Onion Chicken Terriyaki

Calories

380

410

Fat

4.5 g

7 g

Fiber

5 g

3 g

Points

7

8

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    • phatpast
    • June 10th, 2010

    Subway never was and never will be the healthy alternative. I know for a fact in Canada, Subway does not offer fat-free cheese.

    Good thinking and it’s a good thing zombies cant use computers.

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