The Bandwidth of a Sandwich


Sandwiches can be seen at many convenience stores or even at canteens, but what makes them so popular with people?

Before we delve into this, let us learn the history of sandwiches. Sandwiches were popularised in 1762 by Josh Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. He gambled and was lazy, which led him to ask his cook to make him something that he could eat without getting off the card table. His cook, therefore, made him a sandwich. The idea came from the Mediterranian food that Josh had tried while travelling. Pieces of meat like ham were “sandwiched” between bread. 

Sandwiches can be made in any way. As long as you put food between 2 pieces of bread, it’s technically considered a sandwich. So be creative! Put anything you want between the 2 (or more) pieces of bread and you’re good to go!          

John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich, in full John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich, Viscount Hinchingbrooke, Baron Montagu of Saint Neots

Due to its convenience, and ability to fill many stomachs, the Sandwich has remained popular in the food industry.

You can see that approximately 1 in every 15 people will buy a sandwich at our local convenience store, despite the large menu! This popularity of Sandwiches most likely due to the convenience of eating a sandwich as per the popular term “on the go”. It is easy to prepare, customisable and the bread is completely up to you. The ability to “pack a quick snack” and make it as nutritious as you want or as filling as you want shows why sandwiches are popular. 

As a moderate consumer of sandwiches, I think that Sandwiches should be taken in moderation. This is because while they can be tasty, they also could be unhealthy. Depending on how you make them, Sandwiches can either be good for you or bad for you. This is because it is the choice of bread and choice of food that affects its quality in terms of healthiness. For example, we all know that whole grain bread is more healthy than  white bread, and let’s say that you use luncheon meat as your filling. The sandwich is then considered very unhealthy as it does not have much nutritional ingredients. Making a sandwich with lettuce inside, or cheese will definitely make it a lot healthier.  

For sandwiches to be beneficial to you, why not add healthy ingredients inside it? After all, it isn’t everyday that you have such a quick snack on the go!


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