As certain states start to ease coronavirus restrictions and restaurants begin to reopen, a new survery reveals that guest satisfaction at full-service and fast-food restaurants has faltered. Despite this decline, one pizza chain has been able to combat the trend: Domino's. Every State’s Favorite Fast Food During Coronavirus According to the 2019-20 American Customer Satisfaction Index, guest satisfation with fast-food and limited-service restaurants has declined by 1.3%, resulting in the lowest ACSI score in five years.Compared to over a year ago, 11 out of 18 brands experienced dips in customer satifsaction.
The coronavirus pandemic has many of us limiting the time and money we spend dining out. At the same time, it's also impacted the way we shop for food, including limiting the number of trips we're willing to make to the grocery store and putting a damper on the large selection of fresh meat and produce we'd become accustomed to. It's no wonder fast food has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance. And that's a good thing, at least if you know this little secret we happen to know about Subway. It turns out that when it comes to healthy eating, the most popular sandwich chain in America is secretly the best bang for your buck.
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Subway is committed to providing affordable, healthy food
Subway, which got its start in 1965 when an industrious kid was looking for a way to pay for his college education, has long been committed to delivering healthy food at prices its customers can afford, says its CMO, Carrie Walsh. The menu is known for its nutritional info transparency, and Subway shuns preservatives and artificial colors and flavors, offering a virtually endless combination of fresh and healthy ingredients that rarely set you back more than $8 per 12-inch sandwich. Upping the savings ante, the "Buy 2 Footlongs, Get 1 Free" deal has now taken over where the Five Dollar Footlong left off. Not to mention, here's why you can feel safe dining in at a Subway restaurant, notwithstanding the pandemic.
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That Subway offers some of the best sandwiches for your money is no secret, and if you're going the sandwich route at Subway, here's every Subway sandwich ranked for nutrition, along with our secret hack for getting even more bang for your buck. But today, we're here to sing the praises of Subway's salads, all of which offer extraordinary value and none of which appear on our list of the 25 unhealthiest restaurant salads.
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The game-changing Subway salad hack
It's also no secret that you can nix 170 calories from any Subway sandwich order simply by turning it into a salad (you can also try these other diet-wise tips to increase your calorie-saving, Subway-ordering savvy). But that's just one of the reasons you might want to consider going the Subway salad route. In fact, right now, we can't stop obsessing over the fact that Subway's salad menu offers an amazingly fresh, value-priced alternative to the whole rigamarole that goes into buying your salad ingredients at the supermarket and then chopping and arranging your salad at home.
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Subway's salads are a great value—just take a look at the math
Consider, for a moment, the Subway Veggie Delite salad. For $6.10, you get around 300 grams (about a cup and a half) of fresh, brightly colored produce (including lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, green peppers, and red onions) that's already been washed, dried off, chopped, and dressed with oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, and pepper. You can also add a slice of cheese for no extra charge and a generous helping of guacamole for another dollar.
To make that same salad at home, assuming you already have the oil, vinegar, and spices on hand, you'll have to purchase a head of lettuce, some spinach, a tomato, a cucumber, a can of sliced black olives, a green pepper, and a red onion. If you want cheese, that will cost you extra. If you want guacamole, you'll have to either buy some premade or buy an avocado and make homemade guacamole. By our calculations, this haul will run you somewhere between $10 and $15. And if the benefit of grocery shopping is having food on-hand for another day, you're out of luck because much of what you've purchased (such as the tomato, the green pepper, the onion, and the avocado) can only be used for the one salad.
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Of course, that doesn't even take into account the possibility that what you bring home from the grocery store might not be as fresh as you expected. For example, while we're fans of bagged salad, it's not always fresh. But at Subway, as with all chain restaurants, you're buying not just the meal, but also the reputation, which means you have every reason to expect that the salad you buy on any day you buy it will be made with only the freshest ingredients.
108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are
By now, you're well aware that soda is, well, dangerous. It's the one drink you should simply refrain from drinking whenever you can. In fact, it just might be contributing to that soda belly of yours.
In a study of about 1,000 adults over the course of six years, people who drank soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages gained an extra 1.8 pounds of visceral fat—the fat that sits inside your gut, damaging your internal organs and pushing your belly out. And visceral fat has been shown to increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, among other ills. Yikes.
So why is soda so good at making us look bad? It's the sugar.The American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than 100 calories (25 grams or 6 teaspoons) per day on sugar and men no more than 150 calories (36 grams or 9 teaspoons) per day.
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This amount is about 20 grams less than the usual 45 grams of sugar found in many sodas and other sweetened beverages. And if it's not sugar, then it's artificial sweetener, which is 180 times sweeter than sugar and more damaging to your waistline.
To help you make better choices, we've ranked the more than 100 of the most popular sodas. We look at calories, sodium, carbs, sugar and examined each can's ingredients and gave demerits to sodas with more chemicals and additives than those that were nutritionally similar.
Click through to see where your favorite fizzy drinks fall in our best and worst sodas list, ranked from worst-to-best. (Although, "best" still doesn't mean healthy!) And if you're looking for other beverages to cut from your shopping list, check out the 50 Drinks With More Sugar Than a Hershey's Bar.
If you think choosing a fruit-based soda is a better option for your health, well, that's just not true. With 51 grams of sugar in one can, any variation of Crush soda is just a landfill of sugar. Plus, the pineapple flavor contains soybean oil, which has been linked to weight gain. Speaking of weight gain, be sure to stay away from these 7 Snacks That Are Causing You to Gain Weight.
The yellow color of this soda doesn't come from an actual pineapple. That's all thanks to additives Yellow #5 and Yellow #6, with Yellow #5 even causing allergic-type reactions in some.
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Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 190 calories, 65 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (49 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Acacia Gum, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Ester Gum, Red 40, Yellow 5
If you ate 12 chocolate glazed munchkins from Dunkin', you would still consume less sugar than one can of Crush Peach soda. Eating an actual peach? That brings in just about 13 grams of natural sugar—no HFCS in sight.
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Nutrition (12 fl oz bottle): 190 calories, 70 mg sodium, 46 g carbs (46 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Red 40, Blue 1
While the bright hue of this soda may lure drinkers in, with 46 grams of sugar, it's best to think twice before taking a sip. Instead, opt for actual strawberries with some whipped cream.
Just eating a real mango is much cleaner for your health than this beverage. You'll notice that it, along with many other sodas, contains the thickener gum acacia. It not only has been said to cause flatulence and stomach discomfort in some people when ingested in high quantities but according to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, it can also cause allergic reactions such as a skin rash or an asthmatic attack.
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As we said, Europe and Japan have already banned the flame retardant brominated vegetable oil (BVO) out of their bubbly beverages. If you're truly trying to get a six-pack, don't do the Dew in any variation and instead scroll through this comprehensive list of foods that uncover your abs.
The lime-green soda contains brominated vegetable oil or BVO, a patented flame retardant that acts as an emulsifier in citrus-flavored soda drinks. It's been banned in Europe and Japan before, and there have even been some reports that those who drank an excessive amount of sodas containing BVO suffered memory loss and skin and nerve problems.
This version of the Dew was actually chosen by fans of the classic drink, so the flavor surely is something special. So what exactly is White Out soda? Well, it's described as "a white blast of smooth citrus flavored Mountain Dew" and it is foggy white in color. All we're getting from this nutrition breakdown and ingredients list is that it's something you just should avoid drinking! And be sure to stay away from These Sodas With More Sugar Than 4 Donuts.
A&W traffics heavily in the nostalgia of the roadside restaurant—the company created the nation's first chain of them in 1923. But their cream soda is a mix of HFCS and artificial colors and flavors. This is not your grandparents' soda, in the worst way possible.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 170 calories, 80 mg sodium, 47 g carbs (46 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Quillaia Extract
You gotta love that label: This American classic claims it's "Made with Aged Vanilla" but we see no mention of "Vanilla Extract" in the ingredients list. Throw in two scoops of vanilla ice cream to make a Root Beer float, and you have more than two day's worth of sugar in one chilled mug.
This soda—like many others on this list—is sweetened with HFCS, which makes for a shocking sugar count. It's also colored with that pesky food dye, Yellow #5, a food dye that studies have linked to hyperactivity in children.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 170 calories, 30 mg sodium, 42 g carbs, 42 g sugar
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Gum Acacia, Citric Acid
You know when you add some Mentos to a two-liter Diet Coke and the whole thing explodes? (Don't try that at home.) That's thanks to the Gum Acacia in the candy, which is listed in A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives as a natural emulsifier and is in the soda, too. Despite its weird name, it's probably the most natural ingredient in this sugar juice. Think you're having too much of the sweet stuff? Here are 16 Subtle Signs You're Eating Too Much Sugar.
It's not uncommon for "sodium and potassium benzoate are added to some diet soft drinks and fruit drinks," Leslie Bonci, RD, tells us. Unfortunately—especially because Surge contains OJ—"they can form benzene, which is a carcinogen when combined with vitamin C, the ascorbic acid in juice or soda," she says.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 150 calories, 65 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (40 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Malic Acid, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (To Protect Taste), Blue 1
If you just ate some actual blueberries, you wouldn't consume any Blue 1 like you get from this soda. Why not munch on any of these 9 Best Fruits for Weight Loss, Approved by a Nutritionist to get your fruit fix the right way?
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 170 calories, 120 mg sodium, 46 g carbs (45 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Phosphoric Acid, Quillaia Extract, Natural And Artificial Flavors
This root beer was created by a pharmacist who introduced the first Hires Root Beer back in 1876, and many people actually owned Hires Root Beer Kits, which let families brew their own root beer right at home.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 170 calories, 65 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (45 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Natural And Artificial Flavors, Red 40
Sipping on a watermelon soda can't be all that bad, right? Sorry to disappoint, but you're much better off simply eating watermelon or adding the fruit to some water than sipping on this sugar-filled soda.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 160 calories, 55 mg sodium, 44 g carbs, 44 g sugar
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (To Protect Taste), Natural Flavors, Modified Food Starch, Sodium Polyphosphates, Glycerol Ester Of Rosin, Yellow 6, Red 40
I don't know about you, but after a long day of hard work and play, I like to sit back and relax and crack open a can of Glycerol Ester Of Rosin (said no one ever). The wood resin is added to fruit sodas to help the fruit-flavored oils mix better with the water. While it's not necessarily harmful, let us repeat: you're drinking oil and water.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 180 calories, 70 mg sodium, 44 g carbs, 43 g sugar
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sodium Benzoate, Caramel Color, Red 40, Blue 1
With more sugar than seven Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies, Stewart's Black Cherry would be a "Not That!" because of the sweetness alone—it's one of the most caloric on this list. And, like many of the soda found here, it also contains the additive caramel coloring. Along with not sipping on this drink, make sure you don't buy any of The 32 Unhealthiest Snacks On the Planet either!
180 calories, 30 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 43 g sugar
Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Fruit And Vegetable Juice For Color, Sodium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness)
This childhood favorite is even cuter in a bottle, and although it is high in calories and sugar, it scores lower on the list for fewer ingredients and its use of fruit and veggie juice for coloring rather than artificial dyes.
At 160 calories, these RC drinks weigh in on the more calorie-heavy side of the regular soda options. In fact, for only 30 calories more you could have an entire Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut, and save yourself 33 grams of sugar in the process.
By now, you might start to see some of the most popular sodas for what they really are: carbonated water, HFCS, some acids, and little else. This classic—once made with real cherry juice—is, unfortunately, a variation on a common blend.
What do you get when you combine carbonated water with High Fructose Corn Syrup and a host of hard-to-pronounce chemicals? This citrus-inspired sip. It gets its alluring orange color from Yellow 5 and Red 40.
Quillaia extract? The best (and worst) part of researching these sodas is coming across the many ingredients soda manufacturers add to their concoctions. Quillaia is another tree bark, and it helps your root beer foam up, as A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives points out. Be more scared of the sugar here—you're basically drinking five root beer-flavored Dum Dums mixed with additives.
Nothing wild here—just the same ingredients as most sodas, and as much sugar as more than three cups of cherries (without containing any cherries). Not sure how to give up soda? We've got you covered with I Was Addicted to Soda—Here's What Helped Me Quit.
The website claims, "Only the finest Spanish oranges make a sweet enough juice with just the right citrus zest to flavor this creamy, bold classic," and with minimum ingredients, we just might believe it.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 160 calories, 60 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (41 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains Less Than 2%: Caramel Color, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Caffeine, Malic Acid, Sodium Phosphate, Red 40
Malic acid is found in here, and according to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, it's used as a way to compensate for the lack of fruit in artificially sweetened fruit, so there really isn't much actual cherry in this drink.
The perennial #2 in the cola wars carries 5 grams more sugar than a 3 Musketeers bar. Let that sink in: One of America's most popular sodas has that much sugar. Instead of drinking this, make a weight loss smoothie!
Sugar is the master of disguise. Maltodextrin, brown rice syrup, dextrose, sucrose—the list goes on. But its most well-known costume, as you know after reading this far, is High Fructose Corn Syrup. Pepsi's hoping you forget it's all the same sweet stuff, heavily marketing that this version is formulated with sugar and no HFCS. But in a review of five studies comparing the effects of sugar and HFCS, there was no difference found in changes in blood glucose levels, lipid levels, or appetite between table sugar consumption and HFCS consumption. In other words, your body can't tell one from the other—they're both just sugar.
The combination of Dr Pepper and rich cream soda might take you back to your childhood with just one sip, but that's all you should have. One can comes packing with nearly 40 grams of sugar creating a combination you're going to want to stay away from.
Don't let the word "premium" confuse you. There are no premium ingredients here, but at 150 calories and 39 grams of sugar, it's hard to believe that there are only 11 ingredients in this afternoon pick-me-up. Giving up caffeine is never a bad idea! Need proof? Here's What Happens to Your Body When You Cut Out Caffeine.
Although this soda was developed to be "the best-tasting root beer," it certainly isn't doing you any favors health-wise. If you wouldn't eat three and half bowls of Apple Jacks, then you should stay away from this root beer. That's the sugar equivalent of what's in a 12-ounce can.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 140 calories, 40 mg sodium, 38 g carbs, 38 g sugar
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Sorbate And Potassium Benzoate (To Protect Taste), Artificial And Natural Flavors, Caffeine, Monosodium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Polyethylene Glycol
A "spicy" cherry soda found mostly in the South—or in Coke Freestyle machines—Pibb Xtra contains propylene glycol, a preservative, thickening agent, and stabilizer that is found in antifreeze and cosmetics. The soda ranks well because of its calorie count, but we can't recommend you drink it!
Coca-Cola's flagship drink is actually less harmful than most of the soda's on this list. That doesn't mean you should drink it every day though. Need more proof? This is What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Coke.
Best part of clear sodas: no caramel color. Worst part: They're still sodas, and otherwise contain the same ingredients as the rest. This classic, now distributed by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, has lost market share since its 80s heyday, but remains a crisp drink that's not much better than a Coke.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 140 calories, 60 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (38 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Natural Flavors, Red 40
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This caffeine-free drink is back in its original glory! In July 2018, Sierra Mist returned to its natural formula from 2010, made with real sugar and no stevia. Between 2010 and 2018, Sierra Mist had rebranded to Mist TWST, which was sweetened with high fructose corn syrup and no natural sugar in sight. This tacked on an additional 30 calories and 10 grams of sugar.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 140 calories, 50 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (35 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Natural Flavors, Caramel Color
Our moms used to give this to us when we had a tummy ache. Now as adults, we get a tummy ache looking at it. The tagline is "Real Ginger, Real Taste" but the main ingredients here are carbonated water and HFCS. But with lower calories than the rest, it ranks rather well on this list.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 140 calories, 0 mg sodium, 35 g carbs (34 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Fruit Flavors with Extracts of Lemons and Limes
This soda doesn't have a laundry list of ingredients, which is refreshing to see, but still, it will set you back a decent amount of sugar. Looking for better ways to satisfy your sweet tooth? Try out any of these 73+ Best Healthy Dessert Recipes for Weight Loss.
This soda doesn't seem like it's all that bad but it does still have one big caveat: Lisa Moskovitz, RD, founder of The NY Nutrition Group, says "…high fructose corn syrup, which has been shown to increase appetite and, over time, lead to health problems such as obesity and diabetes." Yeah, yeah, you knew it was bad, but hear us again: HFCS is bad! Still, Seagram's Ginger Ale has a lower calorie count than most.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 120 calories 30 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, (30 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, vegetable glycerin, natural cherry flavor, fruit and vegetable juice (color), natural flavors, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservatives), ginger, phosphoric acid, caffeine.
Props to Ale 8 for being the only cherry soda here that doesn't use red dye 40 to give their pop a bold hue. This Kentucky-based brand swaps the red dye with natural colors from fruit and vegetable juices, and unlike many of the ginger ales the list, it actually includes fresh ginger in their brew.
Although Sprite is on the lower end of calories and sugar in one can, it still has a long list of ingredients including HFCS. It's a soda Often promoted by the athletes, but we can't really imagine LeBron and friends guzzling a can of carbonated corn syrup before a game…
This Mountain Dew flavor boasts that it contains "a splash of real juice." And while it still has a rather long ingredients list and far too much sodium, it does clock in at only 100 calories and 25 grams of sugar, which is a lot less than other Mountain Dew flavors.
Nutrition (12 fl oz can): 100 calories, 25 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, (25 g sugar)
Ingredients: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, sodium benzoate (a preservative), gentian root extractives, phosphoric acid, caffeine, and citric acid.
Known for its distinguished bitter flavor, this soda was one of the first to be mass-produced in the U.S. Whether or not you like the unique taste of this old fashioned cola, it isn't the worst thing you could drink for your health. In fact, gentian root extractives, the ingredient that gives it its bitter flavor, is actually used for medicinal properties, and has been shown to calm an upset stomach.
Although Coke Life is sweetened with stevia, it's certainly not a "diet" beverage. A can of this still packs 24 grams of sugar and is 90 calories. Still, that's much less than other traditional colas on the market. And the ingredients are pretty simple, too—sweetened with cane sugar and stevia, there's no HFCS, which is a bonus. At less than 100 calories a can, this is definitely the best of the regular sodas (although that still doesn't make it healthy!) Fore more truths about the fizzy stuff, here are 40 Side Effects of Drinking Too Much Soda.