While out this weekend, I passed by a Subway shop and noticed new posters up that promoted their "Fresh Fit Kids Meals." I didn't have time to stop and read the poster, but did take some time this morning to take a look at the website to see what they're touting as a healthy alterntative for children.
Subway Fresh Fit™ Kids Meals
You no longer have to sacrifice nutrition or flavor when you're short on time. Choose a Mini sub (ham, turkey or roast beef) and pair it with a delicious side, like fresh apple slices or raisins. Then select from 1% low fat white milk or 100% juice for a tasty, better-for-them meal that kids will love.
On the page above, the picture of the meal includes a black forest ham mini-sub, a box of raisins and Minute Maid 100% Juice Fruit Punch.
According to the page featuring the healthfulness of the kids meals, Subway promotes the meal as a better option than McDonald's and Burger King's kids meals.
With negligible differences in calories, it's all about the fat content of their kids meal versus the others' offerings. So if the calories of each are close, but the Subway meal is half the fat, what's keeping the calories similar?
That's right - when you choose the Subway kids meal, you're giving your child more carbohydrate (basically, in the body, sugar).
In fact, after poking around on the Subway website, the nutrition information available reveals the kid's meal noted above is the equivalent of almost 1/2 cup of sugar (after deducting the fiber, the meal provides 86g of digestible carbohydrate - or the equivalent in the metabolism as 21.5-teaspoons of sugar).
Would you willingly sit your child down, offer him/her a bowl filled with 1/2 cup of sugar and a spoon to dig in?
Well, that's basically what you do if you order the kid's meal with a ham mini, raisins and juice box....what Subway is promoting as "healthy" eating for kids!