Are subs from Subway healthy?

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  1. Bill Manning profile image64
    Bill Manningposted 12 years ago

    I'm trying to eat a bit healthier. I already eat good food, like chicken, fruits and no junk crap. But I have a hard time finding good veggies.

    I noticed that a sub from subway has lots of veggies and it seems fresh too. Add the meat and cheese plus the bread and it seems like a perfect balanced meal.

    Does anyone know if that is true, that a sub from Subway is a good healthy meal? I might start getting one a day. smile

    1. rebekahELLE profile image86
      rebekahELLEposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know about eating there everyday. you have to watch the sodium in the meats/condiments. they're not as healthy as they advertise themselves to be, especially if you grab a package of chips and soda. you could always make your own with fresh meats instead of deli meat and use whole wheat bread from the bakery. Publix has a great bakery.

    2. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not sure what a "healthy: sub is.  smile:
      Do you mean are they "healthful?"
      I'm sure you do.
      I had to chuckle when I read this question.
      I eat subs from quiznos and subway.
      For $5.00's how can ya beat getting a 12 inch sub filled with grilled chicken and loaded with all the veggies ya can stack on it?...and all of it packed on an oatmeal bun!
      Being an "older" guy, I can make 2 meals out of 1 of 'em!
      I'd say go for 'em!  smile:

  2. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 12 years ago

    ...well...i'm sure the veggies must be fine...the bread might be - depends on how long they want to keep it before expiry...i don't really consider any fast food's fast and cheap for a reason...i guess stick with the veggie sandwich...i'd stay away from the meat and sauces and anything else that can spoil really fast...the other thing is what are their health and safety safe practices and all that

    ...i don't know what's happened to me but i just can't handle the smell of fast food places - any of them...

  3. ediggity profile image60
    ediggityposted 12 years ago

    Here's the Nutrition Table.  I guess it depends what kind of "healthy" you want.  Some people don't like carbs, some people count calories, some people no meat etc... … index.aspx

    I think it must be healthy if Jared lost all that weight. lol

  4. lrohner profile image69
    lrohnerposted 12 years ago

    As far as fast food goes, I think places like Quiznos and Subway are probably the most nutritious. The bread can be a killer, but either request whole wheat or remove the top from the sandwich so you're only eating half the bread. Be careful of toppings too. Even the healthiest sandwich becomes deadly when it's drowned in mayo or oils.

  5. Rafini profile image73
    Rafiniposted 12 years ago

    Here's a link to a site called Fast Food Facts.  Just plug the name of the fast food chain and click the Find The Facts button.

  6. Pcunix profile image92
    Pcunixposted 12 years ago

    I have stopped there a few times. Too much bread, cheap on the content. Not worth what they charge and, as others noted, I'd be wary of the salt content.

    Build your own food where you can control everything.

  7. mega1 profile image69
    mega1posted 12 years ago


  8. Bill Manning profile image64
    Bill Manningposted 12 years ago

    Thanks all for the replies. I actually love the wheat bread, and I'm one of those strange people that hates any kinds of toppings on subs. No mayo, oil, mustard, ketchup, nothing!

    So I'd say the ones I get must be the most healthy you can buy there. Maybe I'll get one twice a week, that should be good yet not overdoing the fast food part. smile

    1. Rafini profile image73
      Rafiniposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      When it comes to healthier fast food, I also enjoy Arby's Roast Beef sandwiches.  I get the plain roast beef, with cheddar sauce & shredded lettuce, then I add some horsey sauce (love the taste combo).  Skip the fried stuff, and it's as good as Subway.

  9. frogdropping profile image80
    frogdroppingposted 12 years ago

    Not sure Bill but I sure have met some cranky folks whenever I've been in one. That ain't healthy - working in a place that makes you all full of angst and misery hmm

    Good luck on the health kick.

    1. Bill Manning profile image64
      Bill Manningposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe your seeing people trying to eat healthy for the first time and they miss their junk food! lol

  10. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    Bill, I just noticed this on my FB feed, it looks like a decent alternative. A Fooducate blogger was one of the judges here during the Healthy Foods contest. … ds-part-1/

    1. Bill Manning profile image64
      Bill Manningposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the link rebekahELLE, looks interesting. I actually use to eat at subway all the time just because I like the taste of them.

      But it's been a few years since I ate out much. Now I'm thinking of what to eat that is quick and healthy and of all places subway came to mind.

      At home I'm afraid I eat hardly any veggies, they spoil so fast and the crap in the supermarkets here taste like plastic. So subs can give me that. smile

  11. Ellarose92 profile image61
    Ellarose92posted 12 years ago

    Your better off making your own sub, go to a fresh deli where you see everything cut because subway meat is no good I had food poisoning from there and never went back, so your better
    making them yourself:)

  12. profile image49
    deans0430posted 12 years ago

    Hey Bill, It depends on how healthy you want to be. It has less fat then your normal fast food chain but the calories are the same or higher. Also, any bread made, even whole wheat that is made with enriched flour is no good. Enriched flour has all the vitamins and minerals removed and also floods your bloodstream with too much sugar at once.

    1. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You are so right!
      Enriched bread is worthless.
      I'm still trying to figure out what the hell a "healthy" sub is.  smile:

  13. TamCor profile image83
    TamCorposted 12 years ago

    We love Subway, and have went there quite a bit through the years...

    A sandwich I would suggest, since you aren't big on condiments, is a turkey sub, with lettuce, tomato, and cucumbers, then have them add the oil and vinegar--it's really good. 

    We love the 9 grain wheat bread, but there's always the flatbread now, too, although I haven't tried it yet!

    I had never had the oil and vinegar combo until I tried it there one day, and loved it--it's much better tasting than it sounds, honest! big_smile It's olive oil, and red wine vinegar--I had to go out and buy that vinegar and have it on hand here at home with my olive oil, after trying it, lol...

  14. profile image0
    china manposted 12 years ago

    You would be better off buying all the ingredients ready prepared from the local supermarket - in bags - get the bread you like at the place you like, the sliced meat from a good deli, and if it all doesn't all make 3 perfect fantastic subs over 3 days you didn't buy fresh.  However the excitement of queuing and tussling your way in, grumpy sweaty fed up kids putting your food together, I can see why you would prefer to buy them from Subway !

    1. TamCor profile image83
      TamCorposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sure it depends on where you live, but here our Subway offers fresher ingredients than the stores do-it's consistently fresh, too, at least at the one we go to the most.

      And the guys or girls that wait on us are always very friendly, unlike other fast food places, lol...

      Although, we do make our own subs at home from time to time...our favorite is our version of the Spicy Italian from Subway... smile

      1. Bill Manning profile image64
        Bill Manningposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Yes the subways where I am are very clean and the veggies just seem so much crisper and fresh than anything I can buy at my local grocery store.

        That's why I have a hard time eating veggies at home, I can't find anything I like when I food shop. Living in a big city I don't have the options like I use to when living in a rural area. hmm

        1. Barbara Kay profile image75
          Barbara Kayposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Be sure to stay away from the subs that have ham or bacon on them. If you eat those you might as well get a McDonalds meal.

          I got their seafood sub one time and could tell it was spoiled. I brought it back up to get a new one and they threw away what was left, since it was from the bottom of the container. Just watch that it is from a new container.

  15. thisisoli profile image74
    thisisoliposted 12 years ago

    Heh, the vegetabels at subway may be crisp because they are still a little frozen tongue  Try looking out for a local farmers market. You can also find some great local sandwich makers who will go to the trouble of sourcing fresh ingredients for you!

    I am far from a healthy person myself, but my wife is really in to eating healthy.

  16. Bill Manning profile image64
    Bill Manningposted 12 years ago

    Well I just got back from the grocery store. Got me some fresh turkey from the deli and the fixings for subs.

    So I'll try to make my own and see if I can stick with them. Bachelors like myself hate spending time fixing food. smile

    1. TamCor profile image83
      TamCorposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Good luck Bill--let us know how they turn out!  big_smile

      And, um, married women hate spending time fixing food, too, sometimes... lol

  17. profile image0
    Home Girlposted 12 years ago

    I would not trust North American bread anyway. They make it here with margarine,sugar,lots of salt(what kind of salt matters), baking powder (what added you don't know). "Whole wheat" has nothing whole in it. Enriched - means a lot of artificial crap(sorry) added. You just cannot make it healthy. Ham is bad the way it is made. Beef (poor sick cow)? So what is left? A spinach leaf? Just enjoy it if you have nothing better and be happy if you do not have stomach problems after. smile


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