That cheese sandwich is not as innocent as you think

Posted Jul 24, 2008 by Aditi Chengappa
The latest study reveals that the average cheese sandwich can contain almost 15 grams of saturated fat, the equivalent of five pieces of deep fried chicken. Read to find out what to avoid for better health.
The study for Unilever found that these sandwiches contain 11g more of saturated fat, than the 20g guideline daily amount for women and over a third of the 30g limit for men.
The British Sandwich association reports that Britons buy 11 billion sandwiches a year, or 200 a year for an average individual, with cheese as the most popular filling.
Dietician Sian Porter said: "The sandwich is a daily food for most of us but we don't realise how much saturated fat it can contain."
High levels of saturated fat are particularly a concern when they are added to other daily foods such as two pats of butter on toast( 10.8g), a cappuccino(2.6g), meat, ready means, cakes and biscuits, the report stated.
Ms Porter reports according to her research last month, a Sainsbury's cheese and pickle sandwich contained 13g, a Tesco deep fill ploughman's had 13.7g, a cheddar and Branston mayonnaise sandwich contained 14.6 and a Pret a Manger cheddar ploughman's had 14.3g.
Other sandwiches with high levels of saturated fat include the All Day Breakfast (8.6g), club sandwiches with bacon and chicken(11.7g) and Egg and Cress(9g).
Analysts TNS Worldpanel report in a study conducted in May, that an average 20 yr old male eats 40g of saturated fat on a typical weekday- 30 per cent more than the guidelines recommend.
High levels of saturated fat can raise blood cholesterol, and particularly low density lipoprotein cholesterol, which is a risk factor for coronary heart disease.
So think twice before you pile the cheddar on your sandwich; sandwiches are only healthy if you make them the right way.
try this low fat breakfast sandwich, all the nutrional information is included.