To help you avoid these pitfalls in your favorite chain restaurant menus, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 unhealthiest turkey sandwiches. The following sandwiches are high in calories and contain staggering amounts of sodium, fat, and cholesterol.
This sandwich features roasted turkey, peppercorn ranch sauce, cheddar cheese, and thick-cut bacon on honey wheat bread. With 2,250 mg of sodium, it contains almost an entire day’s worth of salt. But sodium isn’t the only nutrient to be wary of in this meal. The sandwich also contains 18 grams of sugar, most of which probably lie in the honey-flavored bread.
This classic contains the basics: oven-roasted turkey, provolone, tomatoes, lettuce, onion, vinegar, oil, and oregano. But simplicity doesn’t necessarily equate to clean eating. This sandwich contains 820 calories, 26 grams of fat, and 85 mg of cholesterol.
With 1,724 mg of salt, this Thanksgiving inspired sandwich accounts for 72 percent of your daily sodium intake. Opt for an item containing less sodium, as excess amounts of salt lead to water retention. This can dramatically slow your weight loss progress.
If you’d rather not consume nearly half of your daily calories in one meal, steer clear of this sub. Featuring roasted turkey, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise, it has 840 calories. It also has 12 grams of saturated fat, which is known to raise the level of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, in the blood.
There’s a reason Jimmy John’s calls its clubs giant! This sandwich contains layers upon layers of turkey breast, provolone, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. Weighing in at 810 calories and 42.5 grams of fat, you could easily feel satisfied after just half of this sandwich.
Panera’s Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich on Tomato Basil Bread
Smoked foods tend to be high in salt. That explains why this sandwich, which features smoked turkey breast, applewood smoked bacon, and smoked Gouda cheese, contains a whopping 2,910 mg of sodium. That’s 510 mg over the daily-recommended amount!
Panera’s Sierra Turkey Sandwich on Asiago Cheese Focaccia
At 730 caloriesand 27 grams of fat, this is hardly a “light” lunch option. Smoked turkey breast, field greens, red onions, and chipotle mayonnaise have this sandwich weighing in at 41 percent of your daily fat intake.
When the nutrition label tells you an item contains 2,066 milligrams of salt, or 119 percent of your daily sodium intake, you can be sure it’s not a healthy option. This medley of turkey, lettuce, and tomato also contains 92 milligrams of cholesterol, or 31 percent of your daily intake.
Quizno’s Turkey Bacon Guacamole Sandwich on Ciabatta
Weighing in at 880 calories, this sandwich is the most caloric item on our list. This could be owed to the fact that it contains avocado, which is rich in nutrients, but happens to be high in calories. But don’t let the healthy fats fool you; this sandwich also contains 13 grams of saturated fat.
If you’re watching your fat intake, it’s wise to stay away from this sandwich. Out of the 510 calories in theTurkey Italiano Melt, 230 come directly from fat, nine grams of which are unhealthy saturated fats.