As a connoisseur of truly fresh subs -- I love a Philly cheesesteak loaded with onions, mushrooms, and green peppers on a whole-wheat hoagie with lettuce, tomatoes, and hot peppers -- when I hear the words eat fresh in a Subway commercial or read them on any of the restaurant's print advertisements, my left eyelid twitches.
Why? Because microwaving a Styrofoam container of "barbecued chicken" or "Philly steak" does not constitute fresh eats. Fresh would be taking raw meat or chicken and then cooking it. And Subway, if you still don't follow, let me put it in terms you can understand. Cooking raw food = fresh. Microwaving prepared food = not so fresh.
Now Subway is cutting down on the sodium in its sandwiches in an effort to be more socially responsible. What a load of rubbish.
First, a little background. The FDA recommends most Americans eat no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. Most Subway sandwiches once contained an amount of sodium equal or close to the maximum recommended daily amount. Then Subway cut 15 percent of that sodium out of its subs. Now Subway proposes to cut another 28 percent. Even with the cuts, a typical Subway sandwich will still contain about half of your recommended daily intake of sodium.
A small caveat before I continue: The numbers I'm lobbing about refer to Subway's six-inch subs, not the foot-long version. So if you're like a lot of people, you are actually eating your entire recommended daily sodium intake with one Subway sandwich. God, how much were you ingesting before the cuts? Wait, I'll tell you. Twice the amount of sodium you should eat each day. Lovely.
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Let me put this in further perspective for you. Jared's blood pressure is 674/290.
OK, OK. At least Subway is again cutting the sodium in its sandwiches. President of the American Heart Association and chairman of neurology at the University of Miami, Dr. Ralph Sacco, admitted to ABC News: "Fifty percent of your daily consumption is more than we would like, but... we think any incremental step down is a step in the right direction."
I guess I agree. Now if I could only get Subway to stop using that damn, deceitful slogan!