Are Subway’s meatball subs unhealthy?

YES! Subway’s meatball subs are very unhealthy and are high in fat, calories, and sodium. Subway’s meatball marinara has a whopping 960 calories (not including cheese, and sauce). So this means that if you add some cheese and sauce, which many people do, you are eating a sandwich with over 1,000 calories.

High amounts of fat in meatballs

The part that makes the meatball marinara sandwich so unhealthy is the amount of fat that it contains. A foot long meatball marina sandwich contains 36 grams of fat which is more than half of the recommended fat you should eat in a day (1). Plus one gram of that fat is trans fat, which is an extremely unhealthy fat. Trans fat lowers your good cholesterol and increases your bad cholesterol making it absolutely terrible for your heart and body (2).

The final factor that makes this sub so unhealthy is the amount of sodium inside the sandwich. There are 1,840 mg of sodium which is 75% of your daily value (1)! This is extremely dangerous for you if you have a history of high blood pressure.

Subway does offer plenty of sandwiches under 300 calories and less than 6 grams of fat but if you are anyone watching your weight and health AVOID the meatball marina.

Sources: 1. http://www.subway.com/nutrition/nutritionlist.aspx,
2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/trans-fat/art-20

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