The most interesting debate arose today when my husband innocently posted on Facebook. He simply asked whether people considered Subway fast food (he has given up fast food for Lent, although not a Catholic).
For the most part – it seems Subway’s marketing has worked. Most people said it was not fast food because it wasn’t fried. Several people even mentioned “Jared” the infamous spokesperson who lost tons of weight eating Subway – if he lost weight eating it, it couldn’t be fast food. Of course not. Prefabbed bread dough, egg patties and meatballs – nope, not fast food at all. Really?
How terribly sad that our idea of fresh is chemically processed and pressed meat on refined white bread topped with anemic tomatoes, cucumbers, iceberg lettuce and canned black olives. A typical 6-inch healthy sub has about 800 milligrams of sodium. The cold cuts are full of nitrates and nitrates (see The Problem with your Lunchbox). Refined white bread offers little nutrition and fiber and only pads your waistline and spikes your blood sugar so you are hungry soon after. Subway’s food comes from plastic, is transferred into plastic containers and then wrapped in plastic for you to take home. Sure, I’ve eaten Subways food in a pinch – but certainly don’t consider it a crowning moment in my culinary or nutritional history.
It may not be a greasy burger with french fries, but just because it is a slightly better choice doesn’t make it healthy. And, many of the choices at Subway aren’t even better choices. Our tastebuds and standards have been so dumbed down, we think this is the best we can get. I’m not the first to say it – but it may just be the root of our country’s weight and health problems. We just don’t think we deserve better.