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Subway Lowers Sodium in Sandwiches

Did you know that Subway has more locations worldwide than McDonald’s? According to USA Today, there are 34,433 locations across the globe. Why is this significant? Well, the company has announced that it will be cutting the sodium levels in their sandwiches and with a food chain that has this kind of reach, maybe it can impact the decision making at other fast food establishments.

Subway is now offering their “Fresh Fit” sandwiches in the U.S. with 28 percent less sodium as compared to 2009 when they first started to reduce sodium levels. The sodium in its overall sandwich line will be cut by 15 percent.

In the past, the healthfulness of Subway’s sandwiches was called into question, not only for their sodium levels, but the high levels of high fructose corn syrup in the bread.

Pressure continues to grow for restaurants to improve the healthfulness of their food. The Food and Drug Administration is supposed to announce a plan later this year to push for lower sodium levels in our foods.

Michael Jacobson, executive director of the advocacy group the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says he would like to have seen a bigger reduction in the sodium levels, but gives Subway kudos anyway.

“It’s great to see large companies like Subway reducing sodium levels,” says Jacobson. “Hopefully, this won’t be the end of the journey for Subway.”

It is a welcomed move. I do wonder, though, how much further they can go when, by nature, deli meats tend to be high in sodium.

(via: USA Today)

May 2nd, 2011

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