Good choice, Bad choice: Jimmy John’s sandwiches

| February 25, 2011
italian night club
Jimmy John's Italian Night Club

With the motto “subs so fast you’ll freak,” Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches makes fast, portable and simple combinations of sub sandwiches that are topped with addicting, fresh-baked French bread. The menu is just sandwiches, which makes it easy to choose from but harder to discern the healthiest option.

Good choice: Turkey Tom

Bad choice: Italian Night Club

Calories and Fat: The Turkey Tom sandwich, without mayonnaise, has 321 calories and 0.83g of total fat, compared to the Italian Night Club’s 948 calories and bulging 51g of total fat.

Difference: The Italian Night Club has double the amount of fat and 663 more calories than the Turkey Tom. It also has 70g of carbohydrates and 2165mg of sodium, compared to the Turkey Tom’s 50g and 920mg. Even though the Italian Night Club comes with three different meats, which may house a bit more protein, the Turkey Tom is the definite better choice when counting calories and fat. If you’re looking for an even healthier option, make your order “unwich” style, which is the sandwich wrapped in lettuce instead of French bread. This can cut up to 345 calories for any sandwich.

When you’re in the mood for a freaky-fast sandwich, choose the healthiest option on the menu: the Turkey Tom with no mayonnaise. If you’re craving something creamy, substitute the mayo with avocado spread, which adds only 14 more calories and one gram of fat.

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