Fast food is fast food after all. Skip the Philly Cheesesteak at Subway if you’re looking to lean down like “Jared”… it’s among menu items with fatty calorie counts that rival McDonalds.
Via NYDailyNews reports:
UCLA scientists sent a group of nearly 100 adolescents aged 12 to 21 to eat at McDonald’s and Subway restaurants, then collected their receipts to track what they ordered. Using the nutrition information available on each chain’s website, they calculated the nutritional value of what the kids purchased.
While meals at McDonalds averaged 1,038 calories, the Subway meals weren’t far behind at 955 calories each. And at 784 calories, the average Subway sandwich purchase came in even higher than those bought at McDonald’s, which averaged 582 calories.
The Institute of Medicine recommends 2,400 calories per day for adolescents, researchers noted.
“We found that there was no statistically significant difference between the two restaurants, and that participants ate too many calories at both,” public health scholar Dr. Lenard Lesser, who led the study, said in a statement.
The restaurants were strikingly similar by several other measures. Diners ordered 102g of carbohydrates at Subway compared to 128 at McDonald’s and 36g of sugar to McDonalds’ 54g.
People ate even more sodium at Subway, with 2,149mg compared to 1,829mg at McDonald’s. Overconsumption of salt is a growing health crisis for Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned, putting children and adults at risk for hypertension, heart disease and obesity. One CDC study found the average kid consumers 3,300mg of salt daily, far more than the recommended 2,300mg.
Subway meals did live up to their health halo in some respects. Subjects purchased sugary drinks at an average of 61 calories at Subway, but gulped 151 calories at McDonald’s.
Subway side dishes, such as potato chips, added an average of 35 calories to meals, while McDonald’s sides, such as french fries, tacked on 201 calories.
The study doesn’t detail the exact meal combinations that were ordered at the restaurants, but it seems clear that many of the Subway diners aren’t sticking to the chain’s selection of 6-inch sandwiches under 500 calories.
Subway’s footlong Big Philly Cheesesteak, for example, clocks in around 1,000 calories and 2560g sodium — roughly double what’s in the McDonald’s Big Mac, which has 550 calories and 970g sodium.
No isht Sherlock! This seems like a real no brainer. Watch what you put in your bodies, folks!