Quiznos Hates Vegetarians: The Italian Crap-ese

07 June 2007

Quizno’s used to have the best vegetarian sub in town. A bit pricey, but worth it.

I was working late last Wednesday when my wife brought me a Quizno’s Vegetarian Sub. Delicious! I am a confessed Guac-a-holic. One of the greatest things about Quizno’s veggie subs is their unique (and probably unintentional) method of containing the veggies. Instead of having olives and mushrooms and peppers tumbling out of your sub as you eat, they’re trapped in place by a layer of melted mozzarella cheese. It’s as if Spider-man sprayed your sub with his web slingers. Add a layer of guacamole and you’ve got the best toasted vegetarian sub evar.

Not any more.

I went back to Quizno’s on Friday and asked for a Vegetarian Sub. The kids behind the counter pointed behind me and mumbled “asdfffItalianadfasdf”. I looked at the sign next to me, at the menu, back at the sign, back at the menu. Apparently they replaced the old Vegetarian Sub with a new one, the Italian Caprese.

Quizno’s Italian Caprese
What’s on it? Other than dressing:

Mozzarella, Tomato, Lettuce

Yep, it’s a BLT without the B. The old Vegetarian Sub had all of the above, PLUS Red Onions, Olives, Mushrooms, and Guacamole.

Notice a difference? The old one actually has vegetables! Isn’t that an amazing concept for a vegetarian sub? EVERY sub at Quizno’s comes with Cheese, Lettuce, and Tomato. It’s just every other sub has more. The Turkey-Bacon-Guacamole sub, for instance? Everything the Italian Caprese has, plus…Turkey, Bacon, and Guacamole. At Quizno’s your average meat sub now has more vegetables than the vegetarian sub. Yet they cost about the same, and the meat sub also has meat on it. Feeling ripped off yet?

They still have vegetables at Quizno’s. They could keep making the same old Vegetarian sub, they just took it off the menu. So now I have to explain how to make my sub to the kid behind the counter. I guess the next time I go to Quizno’s I’ll be ordering a Turkey-Bacon-Guacamole sub, hold the Turkey and Bacon, add Onions, Olives, Mushrooms, and Vinaigrette Dressing. And PLEASE do the proper web-shooter-mozzarella-veggie-trap so I’m not eating half my sub off my tray.

Living Vegetarian

15 February 2007

Center for Disease Control: Leading Causes of Death

Number of deaths for leading causes of death

  1. Heart disease: 654,092
  2. Cancer: 550,270
  3. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,147
  4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 123,884
  5. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 108,694
  6. Diabetes: 72,815

Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian diets

Vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals. Vegetarians have been reported to have lower body mass indices than nonvegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.

American Heart Association: Are vegetarian diets healthful?

Most vegetarian diets are low in animal products. They’re also usually lower than nonvegetarian diets in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer.

The top two causes of death, heart disease and cancer, are decreased in individuals following a vegetarian diet. The sixth cause, diabetes, is also decreased in vegetarians. Not to mention decreased obesity, which in itself is a decrease in numerous ailments. The statistics speak for themselves.