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Could your cheese sandwich kill you?

24th April 2009

According to a study carried out by consumer watchdog Which? some sandwiches have extremely high levels of saturated fat and salt.

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People in the UK buy more sandwiches for lunch than any other food and spend £5.3 billion annually.

The research revealed that a cheese ploughman's sandwich on sale at Asda had more saturated fat (15.2g) than a McDonalds Big Mac (10g). The sandwich contained more than 75% of the recommended daily amount of fat for women.

A meatball marinara "sub" on sale at Subway had the same amount of salt as 11 bags of crisps and over 75% of an adult's RDA.

A vegetarian cheese and carrot chutney sandwich from Marks and Spencer had the "equivalent" of five teaspoons of sugar.

The research also found that the most expensive sandwiches were not necessarily the healthiest.

A Morrisons chicken sandwich costing £1.79 was the cheapest in the study, but had more meat and nutritional value than the most expensive Caffe Nero chicken, tomato and spinach sandwich costing £3.20.

Martyn Hocking, editor of Which?, said: “A sandwich might seem like a pretty healthy option but there can be shocking amounts of salt, sugar and fat in some of them and you'd have no idea if they're not labelled.”

He recommended that people tried making packed lunches at home in order to avoid consuming hidden salt, sugar and fat.



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Article Information

Title: Could your cheese sandwich kill you?
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 11133
Date Added: 24th Apr 2009


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