I was thinking about picking up a Subway sandwich, I watched The Biggest Loser and they were eating Subway. We’ve all heard of Jared who lost weight eating Subway and walking. We are bombarded with how “healthy” of a choice it is. I do suppose that compared to McDonald’s or Taco Bell it is probably a healthier option but is it really “healthy?”
Instead of blindly running down there at lunch to fulfill a void I decided to research what I was going to be eating. Most places these days have ingredient lists on their websites as well as nutrition facts. I wanted to know what exactly is in their bread, is that a healthy option for me? I found a PDF on their site giving the ingredients, check them out http://www.subway.com/Nutrition/Files/usProdIngredients.pdf
The first thing I noticed was the famous word “enriched.” All their bread is made from enriched flour, sounds good enough right? What exactly is enriched flour? Basically they remove all the natural God-given nutrients from the flour to make a finer flour that also has a longer shelf life. Then in an attempt to make it healthy they add back the nutrients they just removed. Here is something interesting I found “When the bran and the germ (the parts of the wheat that contain vitamins and minerals) are removed, your body absorbs wheat differently. Instead of being a slow, steady process through which you get steady bursts of energy, your body breaks down enriched flour too quickly, flooding the blood stream with too much sugar at once. Your body then has to work hard to absorb the excess and stores it as fat. This causes quick highs and lows in your blood-sugar level which can lead to type-two diabetes and obesity. All this and you’re not even getting close to the amount of nutrients that whole grains contain.” Source: http://www.bhawkindustries.com/blank?pageid=174&catstart=0&prodstart=0 Sure sounds “healthy” to me, what about you?
Ok so we know the enriching process is a bad deal, what else can we find on their list? Soybean Oil. We know from GMO class that soybeans are pretty much all GMO unless they are Organic. Sorry Subway… you lose again. Then we see “yeast nutrients” which from my research is just a hidden way to put some yummy MSG in our food. See hidden sources for MSG here. Plus we have “natural flavor” again a good hiding place for MSG and “caramel color” which is what exactly? Certainly that must be natural right?
I wasn’t giving up though. I thought ok, so there must be one option on their menu that would be healthy. I scrolled down and read “honey oat bread” I saw organic cane juice solids there, now we are on to something! But after further reading they use the same “wheat bread” as a base for almost every bread they make. There are no healthy bread options at Subway. At which point I became discouraged and quit reading. I figure if I can’t get a healthy sandwich at a place that is supposed to sell healthy sandwiches, then I didn’t need anything from them. *sigh* I have to admit I was pretty disappointed, I thought for sure with as healthy as we are being told these guys are that there would be a healthy sandwich option.
Just goes to show you that reading ingredients is very important. I used to love to be blind to the things I was stuffing my face with, but no more. It seems like now I’m obsessed in a completely different way, and I have to tell you I like this new Corri!