One of the common things advertisers do is play with words. “The place where fresh is the taste”. It’s not fresh, but it tastes fresh. “No added MSG”. This just refers to the processing, nothing at all as to whether or not a product has MSG.

It should be noted as well that this is not to pick on Subway, they are all just as bad.

Take Subway for example. The following is a list of their “wheat bread” ie: brown bread. The ingredients to their chicken breast are listed as well. I’ve added some things that are seen in parentheses ().

Boneless, skinless, chicken breasts with rib meat, water, soy protein concentrate(gmo), salt, modified food starch(msg), chicken flavor (contains salt, autolyzed yeast extract(msg), sugar, molasses, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, sodium phosphates)( expensive food additives that work synergistically with inexpensive MSG. They would probably not be used as food additives if there were no MSG present.), sodium phosphates. Contains soy.

That is the ingredients to their chicken breast, directly from their own website.

Note the amount of ingredients that are hidden sources of MSG. Shouldn’t chicken breast just be chicken? People are quick to avoid Chinese food because of MSG but we never realize where it is hiding.

The nutrient breakdown is also rather shocking a serving size is 239 grams with the following:

  • Calories 320
  • Protein 23 grams 92 calories
  • Fat 4.5 grams 40 calories
  • Sodium 750mg (wow)
  • Carbs 49 grams 196 calories (chicken shouldn’t have twice as many carbs as protein)
  • Sugar 7 grams

Fat wise it isn’t actually that bad. Which is what they gear the advertising towards. I wouldn’t go as far as to say healthy though.

Next up is the “wheat bread”. It’s brown which of course gives the impression of a good whole wheat bread. It’s not.

9-GRAIN WHEAT Enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, barley malt(msg), niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, yeast(msg), high fructose corn syrup, whole wheat flour, wheat gluten, contains 2% or less of the following: oat fiber, soybean oil(gmo), salt, wheat bran, rolled wheat, rye nuggets, dough conditioners (DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate), yeast nutrients(msg) (calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate), degermed yellow corn meal, rolled oats, rye flakes, caramel color, triticale flakes, parboiled brown rice, refinery syrup, honey, barley flakes, flaxseed, millet, sorghum flour. Contains wheat.

Again, notice all of the MSG! If it weren’t harmful it wouldn’t be so HIDDEN. MSG is a neurotoxic flavour enhancer. It is linked to a host of “allergic” reactions and obesity. Is a great resource on MSG.

The bread nutrient values are as follows. These are for just 6 inches.

  • Serving size 78 grams
  • Calories 210
  • Fat 2 grams 18 calories
  • Protein 8 grams 32 calories
  • Carbs 42 grams 168 calories
  • (yes I noticed in both instances the listed amounts don’t add up right) sodium 410 mg (again wow)

So for a 6 inch chicken breast sub we have 530 calories, 91 grams of carbs (more in the chicken than the bread??) for a total of 364 calories, 31 grams of protein for 124 calories and an acceptable 6.5 grams of fat for just 58 calories.

In this sandwich you are also getting a whopping 1160mg of sodium. That’s only 6 inches, most people eat a foot long.

The recommended intake of sodium a day is only 1500mg. We haven’t even begun to look at mayo, dressing and the multitude of problems with vegetables that are coated so they can last for weeks at a time.

So next time you are out and need a bite on the go remember that there is no such thing as healthy fast food. Plan ahead and pack a lunch.