Five Fast Food Sandwiches that Don’t Cut the Mustard

By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

One of the things we struggle with as Road Warriors is our eating habits. We often sacrifice eating healthy food for convenience, since we can’t be bothered making lunch, and those darn burgers and super sandwiches taste so good going down. Once it lands in the pit of your stomach though, we usually regret eating it. Either by guilt or an upset stomach.

If nothing else convinces you to lay off the Double Quarter Pounder with cheese, the numbers will. If you look at what you’re eating and how bad it is for you, it might encourage you to change habits.

The folks at WEB MD, love to kill a good time with medical advice we can’t ignore, so they have listed the 5 worst “fast food concoctions” known to the typical Road Warrior.

First, before we tell you the horrifying news, let’s take a gander at what the base line is for your daily diet.

The American Heart Association recommends limiting your sodium intake to less than 2,000 milligrams per day. And this may be easier said than done, due to the amount of sodium found in processed and canned foods. Frozen foods can even contain high amounts of sodium to keep them fresh longer. In addition, many sauces contain high amounts of sodium--sometimes more than fifty percent of your daily value per serving.

For a man or woman on a 2,000-calorie diet, the target fat-calorie range is 400 to 700 calories. Fat contains nine calories per gram, so divide each number of the fat-calorie range by nine to determine your daily fat grams. For a 2,000 -calorie per day diet, the recommended daily fat intake is 44 to 78 grams

The following are the biggest offenders:

·       Schlotzsky’s Deluxe Original Style Sandwich – This one is a challenge.  It has two servings of smoked ham, three types of cheese and your typical sandwich garden.  This baby comes in at 980 calories, 47 grams (g) of fat, 19 grams of saturated fat and a heart stopping 3,820 mg of sodium.

·       Blimpie’s Large Meatball Parm -  Beef and pork meatballs, with sauce and melted provolone and parmesan cheese. This one will nail you for 1,120 calories, 58g of fat, 26g of saturated fat and 3,640 mg of sodium.

·       Arby’s Roast Turkey Ranch & Bacon Sandwich is deceiving, after all it has the word turkey in it.  While not as bad as some of the others, it’s the cheese, dressing and bacon that tips the scales. Gobbling up this bird brain sets you back 800 calories, 34 g of fat, 10 g of saturated fat and 2,420 mg in sodium.

·       Burger King checks in with the Tender Crisp Chicken Sandwich. Don’t let the poultry fool you, this piece of fried chicken with its globs of dressing is 660 calories, 40g of fat, 7g of saturated fat and 1,220 mg sodium.

·       Boston Market's Homestyle Meatloaf Sandwich, sounds wonderful in name, but has 910 calories, 35 g of fat, 16 g of saturated fat, and checking in at 1,980 mg of sodium.

Oh yeah, do you want fries with that?

How about some cookies or a hot apple pie?

Keep in mind that this is the sandwich only, it does not include those fries and the family sized soft drink.

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