UB Fitness were discussing putting more meat in a sandwich, some were for the idea while some against… Let’s now see if we can objectively determine what’s best for your health by stating the pro’s and con’s for each.
Meat in a Sandwich, good idea or bad idea?
Many people struggle to find a balance meal, having a sandwich gives you all the benefits of iron, protein, omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamins, Carbohydrates and Fibres.
These micronutrients will help with the transport of oxygen to your muscles and brain to keep you alert and energised. Using whole-wheat bread which contains more fibres than white bread may help to reduce blood cholesterol levels and your risk of heart disease.
As an alternative to butter try using an olive oil or coconut oil spread is a healthier way to prepare a sandwich. Full-fat spreads are know to have higher calories so choosing a low-fat alternative like hummus or even a slice of avocado to add moisture to your sandwich is a better choice.
Cold cut meats are certainly the easier sandwich filing to choose but you need to be careful as many traditional processed pre-packaged meats are loaded with fat, sodium and preservatives.
The quality of processed meat can often be unhealthy as it can contain a mixture of off cuts from various meats that have been ground together to form a paste, vacuumed to remove excess air and protected from bacterial growth.
What are you actually eating?
Ideally, the food we eat should be as close to it’s natural form as possible and freshly cooked. Processed meat contains the following additives such as meat gelatine, citric acid, modified food starch and sodium nitrite.
In conclusion, choosing meat in your sandwich is down to personal preference. To help make your sandwich the best type for your wellbeing we recommend these 5 healthy tips that will give you the best options to choosing a sandwich.
5 Healthy tips about choosing sandwich:
1. Do not layer on cheese.
Adding cheese is another way to make your healthy sandwich unhealthy. If you must have cheese we would recommend low-fat or just avoid cheese entirely.
2. Don’t go for white bread.
White bread is not a good choice. Choosing white bread made with preservatives and processed flours provides very little nutrition.
3. Go fresh.
If you have the option to prepare a freshly cooked, sliced meat then go for it. This is the best way to avoid added sugar, salt and preservatives.
4. Go organic.
We advise choosing organic, vegetarian fed/ grass-fed, no growth hormones or antibiotics animals when choosing a meat product.
5. Avoid pre-packaged sandwiches.
We are often in a hurry when it comes to having lunch at work but it’s best to steer clear of pre-packaged sandwiches as they often contains hidden nasties such as excess amount of sodium, sugar and preservatives. No matter where it’s from or who’s preaching “healthy meal options”, most are made from some form of white bread and made with the cheapest processed meats.
UB Fitness highly recommends reading the ingredients labels of all the food, snacks and drinks you consume
What was the last sandwich you had, was it made fresh by you or brought from a store? Share with us in the comments below.