TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Clubs, subs and paninis - whatever the
type, Canadians have an affinity for sandwiches; a national survey by
Udi's Healthy Foods has discovered that Canadians eat approximately 3.6
billion sandwiches each year.
Sandwich origins date back to the 18th century when the 'Earl of Sandwich', an English aristocrat named John
Montague, invented the sandwich by ordering meat served between two
pieces of bread to keep his hands from getting greasy during
uninterrupted card play. Flash forward - sandwiches are now the most
packed item in the 21st century lunchbox.
The survey showed that about twenty-five million Canadians 18+ (97 per
cent) eat sandwiches, and about 2.3 million (9 per cent) do so daily.
"Sandwiches are the ultimate convenience food and can be filled with
wholesome ingredients to sustain you throughout the day," says
Stephanie Clairmont, a culinary dietitian and nutrition coach in the
Greater Toronto Area. "The versatility of sandwiches means they can fit
a range of diets, and even those adults or kids who are following a
gluten-free diet now have lots of choices in breads."
The vast majority of Canadians (79 per cent) say bread is important in
their family's diet. Thanks to a growing selection of gluten-free bread
options, the more than four million gluten-free Canadians (12 per cent)
can take part in International Sandwich Day on November 3 without
compromising their health.
Just how often do Canadians tuck into a sandwich? Here's the break-down
of Canadian sandwich-eating frequency:
Canadian sandwich-eating habits:
Every day - 9 per cent
Men - 11 per cent
Women - 8 per cent
Once or more a week - 61 per cent
Pack sandwiches in their own lunch - 35 per cent
Pack sandwiches in their children's lunch - 54 per cent
Here's how the sandwich 'stacks up' against other popular lunch items:
TOP 5 ITEMS IN PARENTS' LUNCHES
Cheese and Crackers (12%)
TOP 5 ITEMS IN KIDS' LUNCHES
Cheese and crackers (36%)
Here are two quick and delicious sandwiches the whole family can enjoy:
Udi's Healthy Foods LLC (Udi's) is a leader in the fast growing market
for gluten-free foods in North America. Udi's markets a diversified and
growing range of gluten-free products under the well-recognized Udi's
Gluten Free Foods brand in the retail market, and since mid-2011, food
service channels. Udi's Gluten Free Foods is a leading brand in
gluten-free bread and bakery products. In addition, Udi's markets other
gluten-free products in the frozen pizza and granola categories.
From July 19th to July 22nd 2013 an online survey was conducted among
2,530 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum
panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is
+/- 1.95%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically
weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in
Quebec language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the
entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals
are due to rounding.
SOURCE: Udi's Healthy Foods LLC
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