Who Doesn’t Love A Sandwich?

Posted: October 31, 2019

Child eating a baguette

National Sandwich Week

Who doesn’t love a sandwich!? Theresa from Happy Tums went to visit Sandwich in Kent recently to see where the origin of the sandwich began and it really is an interesting place to visit and learn all about the history surrounding this humble food.

Traditionally, a sandwich started as a piece of meat tucked between two pieces of bread. Today however a sandwich is so much more! We have so many breads now available on the market, serving as a vehicle to hold together so many delicious fillings. Everything from a French baguette to a tortilla wrap, a sourdough to a naan, the sandwich appears just about everywhere you go.

But, if we are looking at sandwiches when weaning, what do we need to know? We know babies shouldn’t have more than 1g of salt a day and so we really need to consider the salt content of any sandwich we are making. To do this, there are three main things to think about and they are:

  • The salt content of the bread used to make a sandwich
  • The butter used in the sandwich
  • The filling used in the sandwich

Salt Content of Bread

We need salt to make bread as it has a role in tightening the gluten which gives bread it’s structure. If you do have a bread maker machine, it is possible to make your own salt free bread, however you should bear in mind that the gluten will be much softer and the bread may collapse. 

It is worth looking at the salt content of a variety of breads available in the UK. Below is a table showing the salt contents of common breads which we see in UK shops and supermarkets today.

Type of BreadSalt content per slice / portionSalt content per 100g
Hovis soft white sliced0.36g per slice0.90g
Warburtons soft white sliced0.23g per slice0.98g
Hovis wholemeal bread sliced0.36g per slice0.90g
Warburtons wholemeal bread sliced0.43g per slice0.95g
Warburtons seeded batch loaf0.44g per slice0.95g
Kingsmill 50/50 bread0.4g0.98g
Mission Deli plain wrap0.93g per wrap1.53g
Mission Deli seeded wrap0.5g per wrap0.90g
Plain small baguette0.9g per half a baguette0.9g
Pataks plain chapattis0.57g per chapattis0.95g
Warburtons white bread rolls0.55g per roll0.98g
Warburtons wholemeal rolls0.55g per roll0.98g
New York plain bagel0.7g per bagel0.8g
Sharwoods plain mini naan bread0.46g per naan0.71g
Warburtons malted grain sourdough0.53g per slice0.89g