5 Sandwiches You Should Not Order From Subway

You’ve probably eaten at a Subway restaurant before, and are most likely familiar with their menu. With a marketing campaign that has positioned the chain of sandwich restaurants within the “health-conscious food brand” category, most people consider Subway one of the healthier grab-n-go options when looking for something quick and inexpensive. And while Subway may be a better choice than most other fast food joints, there are still some menu items that aren’t quite as healthy as you’d expect. Next time you find yourself staring down the Subway sandwich board, steer clear of these five sandwiches.

1. Meatball Marinara  

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Meatball subs certainly aren’t healthy. | iStock.com

If you’re a lover of all things Italian, you’re probably tempted by a tasty Meatball Marinara sub, but don’t assume this one’s a healthier version simply because it comes from Subway rather than your neighborhood hole-in-the-wall Italian joint. At 460 calories, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,090 milligrams of sodium, and 53 grams of carbohydrates, it is one of the worst items on the menu.

2. Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt

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Avoid this sandwich. | iStock.com/ClaudioVentrella

The bacon may tip you off, or the ranch; whatever makes you question the nutritional value of this hearty sandwich, you’re questioning for good reason. Sure, the Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt sounds savory (it is loaded with some of your favorite foods, after all), but think twice before ordering it. At 590 calories, 95 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,360 milligrams of sodium, and 44 grams of carbohydrates, there’s no question this melt will leave you feeling stuffed.

3. Spicy Italian

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Italian sandwiches shouldn’t be a staple in your diet. | iStock.com/IgorDutina

Piled high with pepperoni, salami, and cheese, the Spicy Italian sub would have any Jersey Shore aficionado grinning ear to ear. But be careful, because this meat sweats-inducing sandwich delivers more than just a tasty deli-style lunch. At 470 calories, 24 grams of total fat, 1,550 milligrams of sodium, and 43 grams of carbohydrates, even your Italian grandmother would advise you to steer clear of this menu item.

4. Tuna

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This tuna sub is loaded with condiments. | iStock.com

Sure, you might think opting for the tuna sub is a somewhat healthy way to go, but don’t be fooled, as this sandwich spares no expense in the condiments department. We can assume the extras, like mayonnaise, help account for the 470 calories, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, and 640 milligrams of sodium delivered in each of Subway’s tuna sandwiches. While the tactic of maximizing taste (regardless of nutritional value) keeps customers coming back for more, you’re much better off making this classic at home.

5. Autumn Carved Turkey

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Any turkey lover will love this sub. | iStock.com/MikeyGen73

A likely choice for any turkey-loving fan, the Autumn Carved Turkey sandwich delivers the nostalgic tastes of the holiday season with little nutritional value. Thick-cut carved turkey meets cranberry mustard sauce for an end product that’s been topped off with cheese (and veggies) on soft bread. Is your mouth salivating yet? Well, at 430 calories, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,160 milligrams of sodium, and 54 grams of carbohydrates, you’re better off holding out for the main event.