Teens eat as many calories at Subway as McDonalds: study
A US study has found that teenagers consume almost the same amount of calories and more salt when they eat at Subway as opposed to McDonalds.
The Journal for Adolescent Health published a study this week revealing teenagers only ate slightly less calories at the sandwich chain, despite its perception as a healthier option.
In addition to this, teens choosing lunch at Subway ended up consuming a significant amount more sodium with their meals.
The burgers purchased at McDonalds had an average of 572 calories while the average Subway sandwich had 784 calories.
But side items like chips and soft drinks significantly added to the McDonalds meal total, meaning the teenagers in the study consumed more calories there.
When the adolescents in the study were given the option of either chain, they ate too many calories at both.
"We found that there was no statistically significant difference between the two restaurants, and that participants ate too many calories at both," Dr Lenard Lesser said.
"The nutrient profile at Subway was slightly healthier, but the food still contained three times the amount of salt that the Institute of Medicine recommends."
Dr Lesser recommended McDonalds customers not eat French fries or sugary drinks at the chain, while diners at Subway are advised to pick smaller sandwiches with less meat.