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Food Fight: Battle of the Fast Food Chicken Salads

I love chicken salad, but it's almost always chock full of calories and fat, usually due to mayonnaise, which is about 80 percent fat on its own. Why? Why must chicken salad be so delicious but so awful for you? It's just not fair.

Does a chicken salad sandwich have to be bad for you to be good? To find out, I pitted Subway's Orchard Chicken Salad Sandwich against Arby's Market Fresh Chicken Salad and Pecan Sandwich.

Subway

Imagine my surprise when I found out that Subway's Orchard Chicken Salad Sandwich has only 370 calories and eight grams of fat. But is it tasty?

Surprisingly, yes. Chicken, apples, cranberry, raisins, celery and a light mayo make this sandwich deceivingly healthy and delicious. I even got in my veggies by opting for a pile of lettuce, tomato, and cucumbers on top. Mom would be so proud. Unfortunately, the Orchard Chicken Salad Sandwich is a limited-time-only item.

While Subway's Orchard Chicken Salad is tasty, healthy and cheap (at $5 for a footlong), I do have one complaint: The bread sucks. I hate Subway's wheat bread. Am I alone?

Arby's

Also available for a limited time is Arby's new Market Fresh Chicken Salad & Pecan Sandwich, whose commercials boast that it's "not too heavy, not too light. Perfect lunch harmony." Oh really, Arby's? REALLY?

Is it good? Oh hell yes, it's good. But is it good for you? Not a chance. That thick-cut honey wheat bread, while much tastier than Subway's dry and unattractive wheat roll, is probably much worse for you than you think. And there's no light mayo on this bad boy. It's full-fat, all the way. It does have big chunks of chicken, which is nice when compared to Subway's mushier, homogeneous chicken mixture. But Subway's tastes pretty good itself and has 470 fewer calories.

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Did you know that Arby's sandwich has more calories and fat than a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese? It's criminal, I tell you.

Stick with Subway. And Arby's, change your commercials. Talking about diet sabotaging...


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