Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fit Sandwiches FactorY

The sandwich is the quintessential lunch for the Generation Y person. It's easy to purchase from any nearby cafe/deli/etc., you can eat it on the go, and it's healthy too.

Whoops, take 1 step back there. Sandwiches may not always be as healthy as we think. Take for example Romano’s Macaroni Grill Grilled Chicken and Artichoke Sandwich. Sounds healthy, right? Chicken's grilled, so there's less oil in the picture, it has artichokes. It must be good for you! Not really. I was shocked to find out that studies show this sandwich is loaded with 1,260 yucky calories (That's like eating more than 20 Chicken McNuggets!), and 2,990 mg sodium.

Another stereotype to bust is the idea that vegetarian is always equal to healthy and keeping fit. It may be true most of the time, but condiments and portion size are very important to consider as well. The 12-inch Blimpie Special Vegetarian sandwich is packed with almost as much calories as the Grilled Chicken number (1,186 calories), mainly because it is 12 inches long, and because of all the oils and yummy condiments they add on to the sandwich.

I guess this means that we can't always tell something is healthy and fit at face value. In general though, I think if we have the sandwich maker hold the condiments (or cut down on them), and if we mind the serving size of the sandwich we eat, we can avoid being fooled by these unhealthy "health sandwiches".

~ Fit FactorY

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