Subway Uproar

When I was at the Defense Language Institute, I had something of a weakness for Subway. Tuesday was our day. We would pile into someone’s car after PT, all sweaty, and go to the Subway down the hill. The workers got to know us, tired Navy Sailors that we were, as we ate there all the time. The joke was that I ate a hundred feet or more of subway subs while at A School. Now I find out my stats may have been inflated:

Subway have finally responded to international criticism that their footlong sandwiches only appear to be 11 inches long.

Subway Uproar, footlong sub sandwich not a foot at Subway
Subway Uproar, footlong sub sandwich not a foot at Subway

But their reply won’t win them any new fans, as they claimed that the word footlong is a ‘registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub’ and ‘not intended to be a measurement of length.’

A man in Australia started uproar on Tuesday when he posted a photo on the company’s Facebook page of one of its footlong subs next to a tape measure showing the sandwich as just 11 inches.

I’m not terribly worried. Five bucks for a foot almost a foot of food is still a deal. I am thinking, this is a joke of some sort? Sort of an international prank?

16 thoughts on “Subway Uproar”

  1. A SALTY SCANDAL (Taken from the Daily Mail July 2012).

    Subway were criticsed in 2008 after it was discovered some of the chain’s sandwiches contained as much salt as 18 bags of crisps and 80 per cent more saturated fat than a Big Mac.
    The six inch Meatball Marinara contained 4.7g of salt – the equivalent of 11.75 packs of ready salted crisps.
    The *12 inch* version contains a staggering 7.2g of salt – as much as is found in 18 packs of salted crips and 20 per cent more than an adult should eat in an entire day.

    The UK Food Standards Agency calculated that more than 14,000 people are dying prematurely each year because of this daily overdose of salt, which is linked to high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks.
    It also says we are eating 20 per cent too much saturated fat, which contributes to the 200,000 deaths a year from coronary heart disease.

    Cheese, bacon, ham, butter and mayonnaise are the sandwich fillings most likely to drive up salt and saturated fat levels. High salt readings were also found in a Subway Melt which had 4.3g, while the Waitrose Turkey Club contains 3.9g.

    Subway has since cut the amount of salt in its sandwiches.

    I also used Subway on a daily basis but now my body is a temple (though it has been ravaged over the years)! I try and eat as sensible as I can as I want to hang around for as long as possible, without being an in-buggerance to family & friends.

    Sadly this falls by the wayside when I occasionally socialise over a pint as the Fish & Chip shop is literally next door (get thee behind me Satan)!

    The Devil makes me do it I tell you…

    Yours Aye.

  2. I can imagine your horror as you contemplate such intemperate defilement of your own temple (body) when you imbibe so much salt…I get a daily lecture on all the carbs, sodium, sugar and fats I indulge in…I’m not a diabetic yet and as far as I know my cholesterol is virtually non-existent…I actually had a level of just over 200 the last time I submitted to the ministrations of the local doctor which took me by surprise when he wanted to do some testing… I agreed to some blood work at the time. The problem was I had eaten a lunch of braunschweiger, onions and cheese on rye (a cholesterol dream or nightmare, I suppose) prior to the test. My cholesterol under normal circumstances and blood taken early in the morning after fasting is under 150…so what can you do? Get the lectures, I guess….I explained this to the physician ….he didn’t seem altogether worried about my state of health…except for the BP, of course which is a family trait with the women….such are the inconsequentialities of life…I plan on enjoying my life as it continues and not worry as much as everyone else does…you, Ex Bootneck can do as you please but I have no illusions….k

    1. Kristen,
      The quickest way to reduce cholesterol safely as well as enjoyably is to use oats, as in Porridge oats.

      Don’t be surprised to hear that oatmeal porridge is one of the best cholesterol lowering foods on the planet, the protein in oats is a good source of the amino acid L-arginine, from which your body produces nitric oxide. (Nitric oxide keeps your heart healthy and also reduces oxidation and inflammation throughout the body).

      Arginine supplement (amino acid) also acts in the same way and just recently in a controlled study; 45 healthy elderly volunteers took either arginine supplement or a placebo for 2 weeks. Those taking the supplement showed significant drops in their total and LDL cholesterol levels, but those taking a placebo experimented no change.
      (You also find arginine in peanuts, pine nuts, black cumin, butternut, watermelon, pumpkin, sesame and soy).

      On my longest walks I tend to graze on nuts and fruit as nature intended, it allows fuel to be released into the body slowly and constantly.

      Works for me and others I know (I am still a trim 32/34″ waist) 😉


      1. Ah, I do know oatmeal is one of the best ways of lowering cholesterol…and is good for all of us…and I do love it along with granola, fruits and nuts and so much else that makes our lives healthier….however, I do not suffer from the same maladies that most individuals do as they grow older…cholesterol being one of those many thresholds most of us cross…much of this has to do with with my genetic heritage and background…that’s exactly why I can eat these things, not with impunity, but moderation and still enjoy myself…and I do walk a lot every day on my newest acquisition and treadmill….k

  3. EB: RGR all on the temple. I eat sensibly, never eat sugar. But I eat a lot. I am always hungry. Not big meals. but 5 medium sized ones or so.
    Kris: Doctors, schmoctors. Ah, many of them do not look healthy to me.

    1. NavyOne, I always find that grazing (as you do) is always best as it releases energy slowly, it also stops you from feeling sluggish and tired.


  4. “Everything in excess! To enjoy the flower of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.” Robert Heinlein

    1. Indeed, N1 – Annapolis, Class of ’29. One of my great (and many) literary heros. “TANSTAAFL!”

      1. Oddly, TANSTAAFL does not apply in my office. I am always eating at work. I am not trying to be funny, but I work hard and am always hungry. I have retired Navy Captains dropping by burritos to keep me fed. It sort of is an office joke, one that I appreciate very much. I am trying hard not to become a punch-line. But they seem to enjoy it and I stay fed!

  5. Sad to say that there have been reports about a Franchisee in Manhattan stating that Subway’s have reduced their meat portions by 25%. I couldn’t say as I haven’t had a Subway in some time.
    Hope it’s not true.

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