When A Big Mac Is Healthier Than Subway

May 14, 2013 in Daily Bulletin

Subway built its reputation on comparing itself to McDonald’s and showing how much healthier it was. Yet according to a study reported on by Tracy Miller, the average subway sandwich is usually far less healthy than a McDonald’s burger:

  • Scientists asked a group of 100 adolescents to eat at McDonald’s and Subways and to return with receipts for what they purchased.
  • An analysis of the receipts showed that the average sandwich bought at Subway had 784 calories in it. This compares to McDonald’s 582 calories.
  • Subway, for example, offers a footlong Big Philly Cheesesteak that packs in 1,000 calories – almost double that of a Big Mac.
  • The average Subway meal still had fewer calories than an average McDonald’s meal – this is because McDonald’s sides such as fries and sodas, had more calories than Subway sides that include apples and potato chips – but the difference wasn’t great – or statistically significant.
  • The authors conclude that it’s what – not where – you eat that matters.

Read more about how McDonald’s and Subway compared on carbohydrates, sodium, and sugars, as well as the methodology of the study, and the comments of those who ran it, over here.

Source: Daily News