Nutritional Leadership

Leaders in Nutrition from the Beginning

Ever since 17-year-old Fred DeLuca made sandwiches for his first customers in a small storefront sandwich shop in 1965, it was clear that Subway® restaurants would be a new kind of quick service restaurant - a restaurant without a fryer and sandwiches were not pre-made. A restaurant where you could see and choose from a variety of fresh vegetables and nourishing ingredients for your sandwich. Over the years the Subway® brand has always provided better choices to our customers and as an established nutritional leader in the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry is committed to:

  • Offering a variety of balanced choices that can fit into any lifestyle.
  • Providing detailed and accurate nutrition, diet and balanced lifestyle information.
  • Ingredients you can feel good about.
  • Marketing and promoting nutritious choices for both adults & children.

Variety of balanced choices

Our goal is to offer a variety of great tasting sandwiches and salads that are responsible in calories. None of our national, permanent 6” sandwiches will exceed 650 calories and at least 50% of our national 6” subs will be less than 400 calories.

Subway® restaurants offer a large variety of nutritionally balanced sandwiches (when made with all the fresh veggies):

  • Free of artificial trans fat free (no partially-hydrogenated oil).
  • Essential nutrients Vitamin A & C, and iron.
  • Complex carbohydrates and a good source of protein (with the exception of Veggie Delite®).
  • The 9-Grain Wheat, Honey Oat and multi-grain flatbread are certified by the Whole Grains Council. The 6-inch 9 Grain Wheat and 9-Grain Honey Oat contain 24 grams of whole grains and 4g of fiber, while the multigrain flatbread contains 50g whole grains and 6g of fiber.
  • With the average daily recommended calorie level of 2000, many of our 6” subs made on Italian or 9-Grain bread have sensible calorie-content when prepared according to standard recipe.

6” Sub Calorie Facts:

  • 3 subs are under 300 calories
  • 7 subs are under 350 calories
  • 10 subs are under 400 calories
  • 14 subs are under 500 calories

Our better breakfast allows customers the same customization and veggie options they have come to expect at Subway® restaurants with egg white and omelet sandwiches.

Subway® Nutritional Criteria for Kids' Meals

The Subway® brand recognizes the importance of providing children with a well-balanced meal that includes a variety of food groups. 100% of Subway® children’s meals meet nutritional criteria that are consistent with USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Subway Fresh Fit for Kids®* meal includes a low-saturated fat mini sub on 9-Grain Wheat, topped with all the fresh vegetables, sliced apples for a side and milk or Honest Kids® Fruit Punch for a beverage.

All Kids’ Meals are:

Kids Meals
  • Low Cholesterol
  • Under 500 calories
  • Contain at least (1) serving of fruit
  • Under 5% of calories from added sugar
  • Low Saturated Fat (or fewer than 10% of calories from saturated fat)
  • Free of Artificial Trans Fat (meals contain absolutely no partially-hydrogenated oil)

*Subway Fresh Fit® subs are prepared in front of you and are not a diet program.

We Believe in Nutritional Transparency

From our great-tasting nutritious options to our more indulgent items, Subway® Restaurants believe in providing complete and accurate nutrition and dietary information so that our customers can make informed choices.

Providing easily-accessible and detailed nutrition and dietary lifestyle information has been a priority for Subway® Restaurants for many years:

Nutrition labels on cups
  • 1997: Low-fat sandwich calorie and fat counts printed on napkins, cups, clings, tray liners, and menu boards.
  • 1998: Full nutrition facts available on all sandwiches in a detailed brochure and on website.
  • 2001: Complete ingredient and allergen listings available for national core items.
  • 2007: First restaurant system to post calories on hundreds of NYC menu boards.
  • 2010: Nutritional calculator available on website to provide customized sandwich nutrition data.
  • 2016: Posted calories on menu boards nationwide, 2 years ahead of FDA requirement.

Useful dietary tips and nutrition education are continuously provided and updated on the website, in the annual Subway® calendar, and in brochures.

All nutrition details are compiled and reviewed by a registered dietitian, and nutrition information is verified routinely by a third-party accredited laboratory.

Ingredients you can feel good about:

We are committed to choice and quality, and we also take wellness and environmental responsibility very seriously. That's why, since the first restaurant opened, we have been on a journey to always improve everything we do.

The Subway® brand follows the latest nutrition research and recommendations to satisfy the evolving dietary priorities of our customers and improve the nutrition quality of our ingredients around the world.

Examples of our commitment to improvements include:

  • Removal of artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources in all Subway® branded products and artificial preservatives wherever possible.
  • Transitioned all US chicken products used in subs, wraps, salads and soups to be made with chicken raised without antibiotics. Began transition of US turkey products to turkey raised without antibiotics with a target completion of 2019.
  • Removal of artificial trans fats (partially hydrogenated oil) from Subway® branded products worldwide.
  • High fructose corn syrup no longer used in Subway® branded products.Our Breads
  • Fortified Subway Seafood Sensation™ with omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Added spinach as a core vegetable topping.
  • Added whole grain-certified bread offerings.
  • Reduced sodium of core products in North America and globally.
  • Reduced added sugar in Italian bread which is vegan.

Committed to Promoting Health & Nutrition

The Subway® brand is proud to provide our customers more sensible fast food choices, such as our Subway Fresh Fit® meals for kids and our determination to promote healthy habits extends far beyond restaurant walls.

Any advertising on children’s programming features the Subway Fresh Fit for Kids® meals, which meet the nutrition criteria listed above. Subway Fresh Fit for Kids® meals compliment an active lifestyle and are shown in advertising with a mini low-fat sandwich, apple slices and low fat milk or Honest Kids Fruit Punch.

Fruits and Veggies - More Matters
Whole Grains - over 50g per serving
Whole Grains - over 24g per serving
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