10 July 2009

Food So FAT You'll Freak!!!

Your Mom Wants You to Eat at Jimmy John's!

I love Jimmy John's, and it is a frequent default lunch when I decide to stay in the office and work over the noon hour. But for various reasons, I haven't ordered in the past few weeks; nothing to do with Weight Watchers and my effort to lose weight, I just haven't.

Today is one of those days I'm working over the lunch hour. My other three full-time staff people all decided to take today off. So I thought it would be good to stick around. Well, as I have been doing for the past few weeks, I've been trying to do a little investigation into what I eat, preferably BEFORE I eat it. So I hoped on everyone's favorite search engine, Google, and found exactly what I was looking for: Jimmy John's Nutrition

Hoooooooly Fucking Moses!

I've always assumed sandwiches were generally healthy, so I haven't ever given a second thought to Jimmy John's. That is, until today. First, let me say kudos and thank you to Jimmy John's. They have one of the most open, honest, complete, easy to use, and useful nutrition interface I've yet to see.

But now the bad news... The " #1 Pepe", Jimmy John's most popular sandwich, has 683 calories, 37 grams of fat, and 1 gram of fiber. That's 17 Points!!! That is BAD, like "Oh My God" bad, like worse than McDonald's Big Mac bad! The Big Mac "only" has 540 calories, 29g fat, 3g fiber (13 points).

The Culprit

Not believing my eyes, and thanks to JJ's awesome interface, I was quickly able to diagnose the primary cause of the excessive calories and fat... Hellmann's Mayonnaise. It accounts for 228 cal, 25g fat, and no fiber. The Ham and Provolone contribute the remainder of the fat, but only a third of the problem. And the French Bread contributes a lot of the calories through the carbohydrates.

The Solution

My solution was to switch to the "#4 Turkey Tom", hold the Mayonnaise, but add the Provolone. Had I gone without the Provolone, the sandwich would have been a Weight Watcher's delight, but I just couldn't do it. Final total was 448 calories, 11g fat, 1g fiber, which works out to 10 points.

In retrospect, I should have forgone the cheese and added Italian Vinaigrette sauce. That would have added a nice zing to the sandwich and yielded only 7 points. Oh well, next time.



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Unknown said...

That's kind of shocking. I always assumed that their sandwiches, if not healthy, were at least not killing me! =( so sad.

also, why is there only a delete button for comments? I want an edit button!

Unknown said...

Their sandwiches taste bad to boot. I'm never eating there again.