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What is the Subway Veggie Patty?
It is not marketed much on television or in other advertisements so it's no wonder that not many of us have even heard of the Subway Veggie Patty, but it does exist. In simple terms, it's a veggie burger, which is a burger without the meat in it. It is not vegan, however, because it does contain eggs.
It is most likely called a veggie patty instead of a veggie burger because it is served in a sub. Calling it a veggie sub would confuse it with the Veggie Delight sub. So, Subway went with Veggie Patty, but it would make more sense if it was called the Veggie Patty sub. Let's take a look at the Subway Veggie Patty nutrition.
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Subway Veggie Patty the Healthy Way
The Subway Veggie Patty six inch sub with 9-grain wheat bread, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and cucumbers has 390 calories, which compares well with the Tuscan Chicken as far as calories go. The Veggie Patty also has 7 grams of fat, which is not that bad for a six inch sub. It has only 10 milligrams of cholesterol, which is considerably lower than most of Subway's other subs.
When trying to eat healthy what we need to focus on is the nutritional values of foods and beverages, not just the calories and fat. You need to know what your body is going to get out of the fuel you are feeding it.
For example, an apple might have more sugar than a snack size bag of chips, but the apple with nourish your body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The chips won't have much nutritional value for your body and will be higher in calories and fats. Something can seem healthier when it really is not.
The Veggie Patty has 15% iron, 6% calcium, 20% vitamin C, and 15% of vitamin A. The percentages are based on daily values of a 2,000 calorie a day diet. 100% of the daily value of calcium would be what the average person needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The Veggie Patty fares pretty well with the nutritional value. It also has 15 grams of protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber. Overall, the Veggie Patty is relatively nutritional.
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The Unhealthy Side of the Veggie Patty
Every food has its cons or unhealthy side when you look close enough. Subway's Veggie Patty nutrition values show a lot of sodium: 930 milligrams of it to be exact and that is very close to the recommendations from the American Heart Association, which is to aim for about 1,000 milligrams of sodium per day.
That Veggie Patty from Subway nearly fills you up with the sodium you should have for one day. Repeat: every food has its unhealthy side if you scrutinize it long enough. However, overall the Veggie Patty is a healthy alternative to a beef burger from another fast food restaurant. The healthiest sub from Subway is still the Veggie Delite.
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Subway Veggie Patty http://www.iateapie.net/reviews/archives/2008/01/subway_veggie_p.php
Subway Nutrition Information http://www.subway.com/applications/NutritionInfo/nutritionlist.aspx?id=sandwich
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