DAWSONVILLE, GA - JANUARY 25:  General view of an Arby's restaurant on January 25, 2018 in Dawsonville, Georgia.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Arby's)
Health - Wellness
The Real Reason You Should Avoid The Roast Beef At Arby's
While Arby’s may be the place you go when you’re craving a juicy, meaty sandwich, their roast beef doesn’t taste like the stuff you buy at the grocery store. According to one employee on Reddit, the chain's sandwiches are made with "a compressed block of beef scraps," and these blocks come sitting in a bag of beef broth and are warmed until they’re ready to be served.
However, Jim Lowder, a Quality Assurance representative for Arby's, told Snopes in 2005 that the roast beef "consists entirely of Beef and a Self-Basting solution, which contains just enough water to keep the product juicy throughout our restaurants' 3-hour roasting process and during slicing."
Apart from this issue, Arby's roast beef is ultra-processed, linking it to a higher risk of dying earlier from various health concerns. It is also high in sodium, with the classic roast beef sandwich containing 970 milligrams of sodium, which is over half the recommended daily intake for adults.
Another reason to avoid Arby's roast beef is that it could also be loaded with antibiotics, as a study showed that the chain has not implemented limits or bans on them in their meat products. While antibiotics have long been given to livestock to help prevent the spread of disease, this can lead to antibiotic resistance, which occurs when disease-causing germs and bacteria evolve and fail to respond to drugs.