The Ingredients INSIDE the Sandwich – Not the Bread Itself – are the Leading Contributors of Calories, Fat and Sodium

Americans can significantly and positively impact their consumption of calories, fat and sodium by making more deliberate decisions about sandwich ingredients. By building a better sandwich on either whole grain or enriched grain bread, American children and adolescents can take in fewer calories, fat and sodium than they typically consume in sandwiches now.

Sample better (model) sandwiches include:

  • 2 slices of whole grain OR enriched bread, 2 to 3 slices of lunch meat, 1 slice of cheese, a few spinach or lettuce leaves, a slice of tomato.
  • 2 slices of whole grain OR enriched bread, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of jam.

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