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    The 8 Worst Sandwiches in America (Plus 8 More You'll Love!) on Yahoo! Health

    Hoagies. Heroes. Grinders. Po’boys. Sandwiches go by a lot of different names, but they’re an undeniably American food. OK, maybe we didn’t exactly invent them. Many people credit England’s Earl of Sandwich, but he probably just popularized it in the 1700s. And he did know a good thing when he saw (and ate) it. In the 300 years, we’ve done plenty to advance the art of the sandwich. Problem is, we’ve done plenty to distort sandwiches, too, turning humble creations into caloric catastrophes weighed down by careless condiments, bloated breads, and an excess of ill-chosen toppings.

    A little digging into the fast food and deli domain confirmed our greatest fears: that between two slices of bread, the food industry is cramming up to a full day’s worth of calories, fat, and sodium. Sure, towering Dagwoods and hulking hoagies are some of the most egregious offenders, but even the most innocently named cold-cut creations could be quietly, steadily sabotaging your waistline.

    That's why you need to know what you're consuming. Eat This, Not That! scoured the delis and the sub shops from coast to coast to come up with this list of the worst sandwiches in America. We’re not the least bit willing to give up our handheld food of choice (grilled cheese and turkey sandwiches are basically American birthrights, after all), so we’ve provided you with plenty of ways to get your fix--without mainlining calories.

    Herewith, our best and worst list. And while you’re at it, make sure you're not washing down the vast majority of your lunch with one of these high-calorie drinks.
    WORST BREAKFAST SANDWICH
    Au Bon Pain Sausage, Egg and Cheddar on Asiago Bagel
    810 calories
    47 g fat (23 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
    58 g carbs
    1,540 mg sodium

    A healthy breakfast sandwich can be a great start to your day—the protein-packed eggs and meat will keep you feeling fuller longer. But Au Bon Pain’s breakfast bagel isn’t what we had in mind. Cut calories by switching to bacon and Swiss there, and cut carbs by choosing an English muffin over a bagel, roll, or croissant.
    EAT THIS, INSTEAD!
    Scrambled Eggs Tomato and Spinach Wrap
    390 calories
    15 g fat (4 g saturated)
    47 g carbs
    650 mg sodium
    (For other early morning sandwiches to dodge at home, check out THIS list of the 12 worst breakfast foods at the supermarket.)
    WORST TURKEY SANDWICH
    Atlanta Bread Company Turkey Bacon Rustica
    960 calories
    56 g fat (19 g saturated)
    62 g carbs
    2,480 mg sodium

    Sandwiches shouldn’t top much more than 500 calories; this one gobbles up almost half your daily allowance. While it’s loaded with protein, it’s also packed with saturated fat and more than a day’s worth of sodium (the blame falls largely on the one-two punch of mayo and pesto).

    EAT THIS, INSTEAD!
    Turkey on Nine Grain
    370 calories
    6 g fat (2 g saturated)
    50 g carbs
    1,240 mg sodium

    WORST STEAK SANDWICH
    Quizno’s Prime Rib Cheesesteak Sub, Large
    1,490 calories
    92 g fat (22.5 g saturated, 2 g trans)
    102 g carbs
    2,620 mg sodium

    At 670 calories, even the small version of this sub is pushing the bounds of reasonable consumption. But in this big guy, you’re taking in a day’s worth of sodium, along with a day’s worth of saturated fat, and nearly a whole day’s caloric intake as well. A survival strategy for eating at Quiznos: If you’re going to order a sub, order it small and without dressing or cheese. Better yet, skip the subs altogether in favor of the more restrained Sammies. You’d be better off with two of them than with most regular-sized sandwiches at Quiznos.

    EAT THIS, INSTEAD!
    Bistro Steak Melt Flatbread Sammie
    280 calories
    13 g fat (4 g saturated)
    26 g carbs
    645 mg sodium
    WORST GRILLED CHICKEN SANDWICH
    Romano’s Macaroni Grill Grilled Chicken and Artichoke Sandwich
    1,260 calories
    80 g fat (17 g saturated)
    71 g carbs
    2,990 mg sodium

    Most people know by now that grilled equals good in the world of chicken, but Romano’s somehow manages to challenge that well-established nutritional tenet. The heavy-handed Italian chain takes two reasonable foods—lean chicken and nutrient-rich artichoke—and turns them into a monster of a fat-laden sandwich that comes with almost a day-and-a-half’s worth of sodium and the caloric equivalent of 27 chicken McNuggets.

    EAT THIS, INSTEAD!
    Pollo Magro
    320 calories
    5 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
    29 g carbs
    1,630 mg sodium

    WORST FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH
    Chili’s Cajun Crisper Bites Sandwich
    1,410 calories
    79 g fat (18 g saturated)
    124 g carbs
    3,930 mg sodium

    Words on the Chili’s menu to avoid: “Cajun” and “Crisper.” In Chili’s land, they translate to fat- and calorie-packed sauces and frying oil. Put them between two slices of bread, and you’ve got one of the worst sandwiches we’ve found on all counts—with the sodium equivalent of 120 saltine crackers and the same number of calories as you’ll find in 56 strips of bacon. Taste the same bold flavors and save more than 1,000 calories and 2,000 milligrams of sodium by opting for the Fajita Pita instead.

    EAT THIS, INSTEAD!
    Fajita Pita Chicken
    380 calories
    12 g fat (2 g saturated)
    1570 mg sodium

    WORST VEGGIE SANDWICH
    Blimpie Special Vegetarian 12 Inch
    1,186 calories
    60 g fat (19 g saturated)
    131 g carbs
    3,532 mg sodium

    “Vegetarian” doesn’t automatically translate to “healthy” (the same holds true for salads—check out this list of America’s worst salads to see what we means). Sure, this sandwich has vegetables, but it’s also loaded with fatty oils and sauce, and it’s on bread that’s 12 inches long. No wonder it contains over half a day’s worth of calories and an explosion of carbs. Portion control is key to keeping weight off. Your strategy with this sandwich: Share it with a Little League team.

    EAT THIS, INSTEAD!
    VeggieMax 6 Inch
    522 calories
    20 g fat (6 g saturated)
    56 g carbs
    1,272 mg sodium

    WORST “HEALTHY” SANDWICH
    Noah’s Deli Chicken Salad Sandwich
    1,150 calories
    95 g fat (14 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
    61 g carbs
    1,190 mg sodium

    Don’t be fooled because it’s got the word “salad” in its name. This trans-fatty Noah’s sandwich is not a healthy choice for your arteries or your waistline. (Click here for an indispensable list of other health food imposters.)
    EAT THIS, INSTEAD!
    California Chicken Sandwich
    360 calories
    7 g fat (2 g saturated)
    49 g carbs
    840 mg sodium

    WORST SANDWICH IN AMERICA
    Quizno’s Tuna Melt, large
    1,760 calories
    133 g fat (25 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
    92 g carbs
    2,120 mg sodium

    Tuna melts are scary because they sound so harmless—in almost all other forms, tuna is usually a smart and healthy choice. So what’s with the insane caloric overload? Blame the fat-packed mayo the tuna is mixed with, along with Quizno’s larger-than-life portion sizes. Even though they’ve managed to trim this melt down from the original 2,000-plus calorie mark when we first tested it, it still remains the worst sandwich we’ve found.

    EAT THIS, INSTEAD!
    Sonoma Turkey Flatbread Sammie
    280 calories
    14 g fat (4 g saturated)
    26 g carbs
    760 mg sodium

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    WORST SANDWICH IN AMERICA
    Quizno’s Tuna Melt, large
    1,760 calories
    133 g fat (25 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
    92 g carbs
    2,120 mg sodium

    Tuna melts are scary because they sound so harmless—in almost all other forms, tuna is usually a smart and healthy choice. So what’s with the insane caloric overload? Blame the fat-packed mayo the tuna is mixed with, along with Quizno’s larger-than-life portion sizes. Even though they’ve managed to trim this melt down from the original 2,000-plus calorie mark when we first tested it, it still remains the worst sandwich we’ve found.
    grimm ate this last week

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    i didnt know it was a tuna melt, it said tuna SANDWICH on the menu.

    God, worst sandwich ever. I almost yacked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    i didnt know it was a tuna melt, it said tuna SANDWICH on the menu.

    God, worst sandwich ever. I almost yacked.
    OMG! Is that the one that made you sick??
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    Wow, some serious calorie amounts here....

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    I thought it'd be worst as in most disgusting

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