Better than a Big Mac? (Simon Shek/Creative Commons)
The Golden Arches of McDonald's are everywhere, but they're less plentiful than the yellow signs of Subway, according to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission document.
Time Magazine reports "a Subway spokesman counted their 33,749 eateries versus Mickey D's 32,737."
According to the Cleveland Leader, Mickey D's was trumped by the footlong food chain nine years ago in the United States. Now the global market is bowing down to the new super sandwich power.
Those numbers aren't completely representative of each company's reach. "McDonald's has a presence in 117 countries," Time's Nick Carbone explains, "while Subway cites franchises in just 95."
If you're sighing in relief that the birthplace of the Big Mac is seeing the beginning of the end to McDonald's domination, think again. The Wall Street Journalreports that "McDonald's is still the leader when it comes to sales. The burger chain reported $24 billion in revenue last year."
In any case, is Subway's surge anything to be celebrated? Sure, Jared shed 245 pounds in a year and shot to stardom as Subway's unofficial, then official, mascot. But Jared also started out at 425 pounds. Limiting his calorie count (rather than any particular Subway influence) was the probable cause for his weight drop.
Eight months ago, TakePart dished up some of Subway's not-so-hot realities: the bread is loaded with high fructose corn syrup, and the "grains" in the 9-grain bread make up only 2 percent of ingredients.
What do you think—is Subway's boom a sign of healthier times to come, or another symptom of a fast food driven nutrition industry?