How A PB&J Stacks Up

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich stacks up well against other popular food items such as a chicken filet sandwich, a hot dog, a slice of pepperoni pizza and a hamburger.

A PB&J on white bread contains a lower percentage of calories from fat, less saturated fat, and almost no cholesterol (the small amount is from the bread) than the other items. The PB&J contains more fiber and less sodium than the other items (with only one exception -- the hamburger contains 2 mg less sodium than the PB&J).

All comparisons were based on 100 gram servings. A 100 gram PB&J includes two tablespoons of peanut butter and two slices of white bread with jelly. The chicken filet sandwich is 2 ounces of chicken on a plain bun with no condiments (this is much smaller than a normal chicken sandwich). The hot dog on a plain bun has no condiments included. The slice of pepperoni pizza represents 1/8th of a 13-inch pizza. The hamburger is 2 ounces of lean ground beef on a plain bun with no condiments.