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    Eat this, not that - The Worst Sandwiches in America

    Simple, satisfying, and portable as a BlackBerry, the sandwich has been a mainstay in the American diet for years. Though always the most popular lunch food, sandwiches are also the number one dinnertime dish. More than one out of nine dinners consumed at homes include a sandwich, according to a market research company, NPD group’s, 21st Annual Report on Eating Patterns in America. Whether those sandwiches were made on your kitchen counter, at a deli, or in a fast food kitchen was unclear. And considering that the restaurant biz can (and does) stuff a day’s worth of calories between two slices of butter-bathed bread without thinking twice, it needs to be cleared up. Here’s where we come in.

    A little digging into the fast food and deli domain makes one thing obvious: We’ve come a long way since the simple, traditional grilled cheese and BLT. With fancier combos like the Reuben, Philly cheese steak, and tuna melt, the potential for what’s classified as a sandwich is endless. So endless, in fact, that a concoction like the Fluffernutter (made with peanut butter and marshmallow crème) and the Dagwood (a towering pile of leftover meats, cheeses, and condiments named after a BIG-sandwich-loving character in the comic strip Blondie) make their way onto menus across the nation.

    What’s next? Meaty lasagna stuffed into a toasted roll sold as “The Garfield Hoagie”? It’s not out of the question. And when it arrives, this list of the 20 Worst Sandwiches in America—and their smarter swaps—will be due for a revision. But until then, keep these undue items out of your grasp.

    Worst Ham & Cheese Sandwich



    Little Caesars Ham & Cheese Deli Sandwich
    640 calories
    29 g fat (3 g saturated fat)
    1,540 mg sodium

    A ham and cheese sandwich quickly turns ugly with a few poor choices in bread and cheese.

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    Two slices Thin Crust Cheese Pizza
    With Ham topping (12”)
    290 calories
    14 g fat (6 g saturated fat)
    490 mg sodium

    Worst Fish Sandwich



    Burger King BIG FISH Sandwich with Tartar Sauce
    640 calories
    32 g fat (5 g saturated fat)
    1540 mg sodium

    Fish is only healthy when it's not breaded and fried in partially hydrogenated oil. Here, the fry treatment translates into 7 grams of trans fats and 108 grams of carbohydrates.

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    Whopper Jr. without mayo
    and Garden Salad
    365 calories
    12 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat)
    1230 mg sodium

    Worst Kids' Sandwich



    Au Bon Pain Kids’ Grilled Cheese
    670 calories
    41 g fat (25 g saturated fat)
    1,060 mg sodium

    Au Bon Pain ruins a simple sandwich by adding as much saturated fat as 25 strips of bacon. As a rule of thumb, avoid all of Au Bon Pain’s kids’ sandwiches, as every one of them contains more than 500 calories.

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    Kids’ Macaroni and Cheese
    220 calories
    14 g fat (9 g saturated fat)
    650 mg sodium


    Worst Grilled Chicken Sandwich



    Jack in the Box Chipotle Chicken Ciabatta
    690 calories
    28 g fat (9 g saturated fat)
    1850 mg sodium

    Unlike many other fast food restaurants that have made the shift away from trans fats, Jack in the Box's menu has a number of items with more than 5 grams of the artery-clogging stuff. Add fries and you’ll get 7 more grams of this nasty fat.

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    Chicken Fajita Pita
    300 calories
    9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat)
    1090 mg sodium

    Worst Hot Sandwich



    Sonic Chicken Club Toaster Sandwich
    690 calories
    35 g fat (10 g saturated fat)
    1900 mg sodium

    How can a chicken sandwich pack so much fat? Start with a fried chicken breast, add bacon, cheese, and mayo, and you're there. Ditch the chicken for beef and save 10 grams of fat.

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    Sonic Burger with Mustard
    540 calories
    25 g fat (9 g saturated fat)
    730 mg sodium

    Worst Breakfast Sandwich



    Jack in the Box Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
    740 calories
    55 g fat (17 g saturated fat)
    1430 mg sodium

    Skip biscuits at all costs. This one contains nearly a full day’s worth of saturated fat.

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    Bacon Breakfast Jack
    300 calories
    14 g fat (5 g saturated fat)
    730 mg sodium

    Worst Crispy Chicken Sandwich



    Hardee’s Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich
    800 calories
    37 g fat (6 g saturated fat)
    1890 mg sodium

    A general rule: Avoid sandwiches with words like “big” and “monster” in the name. Hardee’s Monster Thickburger is another example—it comes in at 1,420 calories, 108 grams of fat, and more saturated fat than you want in two days.

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    Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich
    415 calories
    5 g fat (1 g saturated fat)
    1175 mg sodium

    Worst Roast Beef Sandwich



    Arby’s Roast Beef and Swiss Market Fresh Sandwich
    810 calories
    42 g fat (13 g saturated fat)
    1780 mg sodium

    The unwholesome trinity of mayo, Italian sub sauce, and processed Swiss cheese make this sandwich the clear loser in the battle of the beef.

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    Super Roast Beef
    440 calories
    19 g fat (7 g saturated fat)
    1061 mg sodium

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    Worst Vegetarian Sandwich



    Jimmy John’s Gourmet Veggie Club
    Provolone, avocado, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomato, mayo
    856 calories
    46 g fat (15 g saturated fat)
    1,500 mg sodium

    The worst thing about this sandwich is its seemingly healthy name. Don’t let it fool you. A simple swap of avocado spread for mayo knocks off 200 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 98 grams of sodium.

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    Vegetarian Sub
    Avocado spread, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts
    290 calories
    1.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat)
    628 mg sodium


    Worst Turkey Sandwich



    Chili’s Smoked Turkey Sandwich
    930 calories
    57 g fat (15 g saturated fat)
    2,920 mg sodium

    Do you really want to devour 88 percent of your daily-recommended fat intake from one turkey sandwich? How about 122 percent of your maximum sodium load? We didn’t think so.

    Eat This Instead!
    Chicken Fajita Pita
    450 calories
    17 g fat (3 g saturated fat)
    1,750 mg sodium

    Worst Meat-Lovers Sandwich



    Jimmy John’s J.J Gargantuan
    1,008 calories
    55 g fat (15 g saturated fat)
    3,783 mg sodium

    A vegetarian’s nightmare invented by Jimmy John’s heavy-handed brother, Huey. This gut bomb features Genoa salami, smoked ham, capicola, roast beef, smoked turkey, and provolone smothered with mayo and Italian dressing.

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    Turkey Breast Slim Sub
    With Alfalfa Sprouts, Tomatoes, Onion, Cucumber, and Avocado Spread
    426 calories
    2 g fat (1 g saturated fat)
    1,439 mg sodium



    Worst Tuna Sandwich



    Cosi Tuna Melt
    1,012 calories
    60 g fat
    1,948 mg sodium

    Tuna is one of the most misunderstood sandwich fillings. Prepared in your kitchen—with smart condiments like Hellman’s Canola Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise—and served on whole wheat bread, it’s a nutritional safe haven. But made by someone else behind closed doors, it rarely results in anything worthy of passing your lips.

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    Turkey Light Sandwich
    476 calories
    9 g fat (0 g saturated)
    1,299 mg sodium



    Worst Steak Sandwich



    Boston Market Sirloin Dip Carver Au Jus
    1,020 calories
    51 g fat (15 g saturated fat)
    2,450 mg sodium

    This sandwich has as much saturated fat as 30 Chicken McNuggets and enough salt to preserve a small city.

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    Boston Turkey Carver
    770 calories
    27 g fat (8 g saturated fat)
    1,810 mg sodium


    Saltiest Sandwich



    Saltiest Sandwich
    Quiznos Turkey Bacon Guacamole Large Sub with Cheese and Reduced-Fat Ranch Dressing
    Calories 1,120
    Fat 49 g
    Sodium 4,670 mg

    Salt Equivalent: 7 large orders of onion rings from Burger King.

    Eat This Instead!
    Honey Bourbon Chicken
    310 calories
    4 g fat (1 g saturated fat)
    920 mg sodium

    Worst Barbecue Sandwich



    Applebee’s Honey Barbecue Chicken Sandwich
    1,280 calories
    58 g fat (21 g saturated fat)
    1,970 mg sodium

    How bad can a chicken sandwich be? Bad enough that Applebee’s still refuses to give up their nutritional information. Until Applebee’s coughs up the hard data, stick with the 10-dishes on their Weight Watchers menu—or find another restaurant.

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    Tortilla Chicken Melt
    480 calories
    13 g fat (4 g saturated fat)
    935 mg sodium

    Worst Chicken Sandwich



    T.G.I. Friday’s Chicken Sandwich
    1,360 calories
    78 g fat
    1,890 mg sodium

    Between mammoth sandwiches like this one and the array of deep-fried starters, its clear Friday’s has something to hide (their nutrition information). The Lighter Side of Friday’s contains five items with “10 grams of fat and 500 calories.” It’s a sorry attempt at transparency, but until they offer real data, it’s the best option.

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    Dragonfire Chicken
    500 calories
    10 g fat
    825 mg sodium


    Worst Cheesesteak Sandwich



    Quiznos Prime Rib Cheesesteak (Large)
    1,490 calories
    88 g fat (21 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat)
    2,675 mg sodium

    It doesn’t take a dietitian to know that a cheesesteak probably won’t make the list of flat-belly foods, but everyone gives in to the occasional craving. And that’s OK. But if you have a weakness for this Philly favorite, indulge in the small version for half the fat and calories.

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    Small Black Angus Sandwich
    520 calories
    16.5 g fat (7 g saturated fat)
    1,550 mg sodium


    Worst Italian Sandwich



    Quiznos Classic Italian (large)
    1,510 calories
    82 g fat
    3,750 mg sodium
    106 g carbs

    A large homemade sandwich would more likely provide about 500 calories. Cut the calories: Isn't it obvious? Order a small—or save half for later.

    Eat This Instead!
    Small Tuscan Turkey on Rosemary Parmesan without cheese
    390 calories
    14 g fat
    3 g saturated fat
    1,185 mg sodium

    Worst Roll-Up



    Applebee’s Southwest Philly Roll-Up
    with salsa
    1,605 calories
    121 g fat (38 g fat)
    2,338 mg sodium

    What’s the worst thing about a roll-up? It’s easier to conceal the fat-riddled contents. With nearly as many calories as four Quarter Pounders and as much fat as 10 Egg McMuffins, there’s a lot hiding in this one.

    Eat This Instead!
    Teriyaki Steak and Shrimp Skewers
    370 calories
    7 g fat (2 g saturated)
    1,475 mg sodium

    Worst Sandwich in America



    Quiznos Tuna Melt (large)
    2,090 calories
    175 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fats)
    2,190 mg sodium

    This sandwich puts tuna’s healthy reputation on the line. A large homemade sandwich would likely provide one-fourth of the calories.

    Eat This Instead!
    Small Honey Bourbon Chicken on Wheat Bread
    310 calories
    4 g fat (1 g saturated fat)
    920 mg sodium

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post

    Worst Sandwich in America



    Quiznos Tuna Melt (large)
    2,090 calories
    175 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fats)
    2,190 mg sodium

    This sandwich puts tuna’s healthy reputation on the line. A large homemade sandwich would likely provide one-fourth of the calories.

    Holy crap! I wonder how much stuff they put on that sandwich!




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    I'm glad they don't have my favorite Subway sandwich on there. I usually get "The Feast" with double meat and double cheese
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    Damn it...I havent had anything to eat since 10am...now I am hungry.

    I think I shall go grocery shopping when I get off at 3am. Better eat something first or I will be buying all of the grocery store. lol

    I would have guessed some of the "bad" sandwiches were bad...but some of them I couldnt even fathom sandwiches having that many calories and grams of fat. wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    I'm glad they don't have my favorite Subway sandwich on there. I usually get "The Feast" with double meat and double cheese
    This is for the standard Feast, without double meat and cheese.


    Calories 1180
    Total Fat 50g (saturated fat 20g)
    Cholesterol 210mg
    Sodium 6240 mg




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    Worst according to whom?

    I'm putting them bitches on my "to do" list, especially the grilled cheese with bacon strips.
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