The average packaged sandwich with the classic ingredients will usually contain up to 10g of sugar. Of course, this can vary according to:
- the ingredients (pickle and chutneys are high in sugar)
- the type of bread used (the more bread, the more sugar)
- the portion size.
Let’s compare the popular brands, ingredients and product types. Which have the least sugar and which have the most?
Average Sugar by Main Ingredient
The main ingredient packing the most sugar into your sandwich on average is beef, and the one with the least is fish. In terms of sugar per 100g, it’s a different story. Vegetarian sandwiches have the highest percentage sugar on average and pork sandwiches have the least.
|Main Ingredient||Sugars||Sugars per 100g|
For more detailed data, select a main ingredient from the list below.
- Sugar in Fish Sandwiches
- Sugar in Pork Sandwiches
- Sugar in Beef Sandwiches
- Sugar in Vegetarian Sandwiches
Average Sugar by Product Type
|Product Type||Sugars||Sugars per 100g|
|Deli Bag Sandwich||7.2g||1.7g|
For more detailed data, select a product type from the list below.
Average Sugar of Popular Sandwiches
On average, prawn sandwiches and egg sandwiches have the lowest sugar content per 100g and per pack. BLT sandwiches come in at the other end of the scale for the highest sugar content per 100g and per pack.
|Favourite||Sugars||Sugars per 100g|
|Cheese & Onion||3.4g||2.3g|
|Ham & Mustard||3.5g||1.8g|
|Chicken & Bacon||3.9g||1.5g|
For more detailed data, select a popular sandwich from the list below.
Average Sugar by Brand
M&S sandwiches on average have a much lower sugar content per 100g, while Boots sandwiches on average have quite a high sugar content per 100g. For minimising the total amount of sugar in a sandwich, Asda is usually a good choice while Greggs is one of the highest.
|Brand||Sugars||Sugars per 100g|
|Pret A Manger||6.0g||1.9g|
|On the Go!||6.8g||7.2g|
For more detailed data, select a brand from the list below.
- Sugar in M&S Sandwiches
- Sugar in Boots Sandwiches
- Sugar in Asda Sandwiches
- Sugar in Greggs Sandwiches
We all know we should minimise the amount of sugar in our diet, but the recommended daily intake as prescribed by the NHS is 90g of sugar per day. This, of course, includes sugars from milk and fruit as well as added sugar.
Most sandwiches contain no more than 10g of sugar, so you’re probably OK. However, sandwiches containing the more unusual ingredients such as chutneys and caramelised onion can contain as much as 20g or more, so watch out especially if you’re accompanying your sandwich with a sugary drink or snack.