Even if you have a favorite fast-food burger,
you gotta admit: You can go anywhere to get one of those. If you want something different, head to Arby’s
and pick up a few of their roast beef sandwiches. They’re delicious, but here’s the thing: they’re
weird. Here’s why. Arby’s built its business on roast beef. “Don’t worry, mom. I’m eating right.” “Don’t worry, mom. He’s eating right.” But the fast-food giant has been broadening
its horizons in recent years. In 2018, Arby’s launched a brand-new ad campaign
with this slogan: “Arby’s. We have the meats. “For sandwiches.” According to The Wall Street Journal, the
entire campaign was designed to let people know there’s much more to Arby’s than roast
beef. The campaign features a character referred
to as the “Head of Sandwiches,” whose whole schtick is wondering why people only associate
Arby’s with a certain kind of meat: “Why do people still think Arby’s is just
roast beef when we have seventeen other sandwiches?” “Maybe it was because the last time you went
to Arby’s, you were with your grandparents who ate exclusively roast beef. Every meal.” Don’t worry: Arby’s isn’t turning its back
on roast beef. The fast-food chain just wants to appeal to
a younger generation people who gravitate toward a more diverse array of sandwiches,
and not their grandparents’ roast beef. You’ve probably heard this one before. A lot of people believe the name of the fast-food
chain is a pun on “roast beef.” R.B. Arby’s. Get it? Well, you might as well forget it because
it’s simply not true. Arby’s has tweeted more than once about how
it got its name: “We came up with the name Arby’s from the
initials of our restaurant equipment company, which was Raffel Brothers. That became R-period, B-period; Arby’s.” Arby’s might be trying to clarify the misconception
now, but it was a different story back in the Eighties, when the company even used an
acronym in its advertising slogan: “You and I love America’s Roast Beef — Yes,
Sir!” In 2015, Arby’s invested in redesigning its
restaurants and kitchens. “We have our tenth remodel under construction
right now. That’s ten this year and we’re so excited
about the results.” To understand what goes into serving up America’s
favorite fast-food roast beef, Business Insider went behind-the-scenes in one of the new locations. They discovered that Arby’s roast beef is
left to marinate in, quote, “a roasting bag” and then it’s slow-roasted for approximately
four hours. After that, it’s sliced to order for each
customer, whether they’re standing at the counter or waiting at the drive-thru. Sounds unlikely, right? But this has been confirmed by numerous employees
on Reddit, including one former cook and cashier: “All of the roast beef is cooked daily and
sliced to order just moments before it gets on the sandwich and into your hands.” Now that people are paying closer attention
to the food they’re eating, fast-food chains have been under more scrutiny than ever. Take a peek at Arby’s nutritional information,
and you’ll find there’s a way to eat pretty well and lots of ways to eat not-so well. Read up on the Classic Roast Beef, and you’ll
find it’s actually not that terrible for you. It’s only three-hundred and sixty calories
and contains fourteen grams of fat, which is pretty good for a fast-food sandwich. It also contains about nine-hundred and seventy
milligrams of sodium, which ain’t great, but there are definitely way worse selections
out there. “The new Smoked Italian Porchetta. Meat gift-wrapped in meat. A present you give to yourself.” Don’t be fooled into thinking all of Arby’s
roast beef options are healthy. If you opt for something a little meatier
like the Half Pound Beef ‘n Cheddar, you’re looking at seven-hundred and forty calories,
thirty-nine grams of fat, and twenty-five hundred and thirty milligrams of sodium. To put that in perspective, the American Heart
Association claims your daily sodium intake shouldn’t be more than twenty-three hundred
milligrams, and ideally it shouldn’t be more than fifteen-hundred milligrams. Just one single Half Pound Beef ‘n Cheddar
will take you right over the limit. According to Snopes, a particularly disgusting
urban legend about Arby’s dates back to at least 1997. This long-standing rumor suggests Arby’s roast
beef is actually imitation meat, made from gels, liquids, and pastes that are later shaped
into a vaguely meat-like lump and turned into sandwich filler. “Arby’s. Still making sandwiches filled with… sliced…
something.” Fortunately for humanity, Snopes confirms
there’s absolutely no truth to this story whatsoever. “Delightful.” “Delectable.” “Delicious.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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