Dr. Oz compared a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich to a Turkey Sandwich, and came to the conclusion that the PB & J is a better choice if you want to stay satisfied.
Here are the assumptions I made: (has anybody else noticed that Dr. Oz rarely tells us the amounts in his food items? Major blunder…)
The PB & J is made with 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 Tablespoons of jelly and 2 slices of white bread.
The Turkey Sandwich is make with 3 ounces of sliced turkey and 2 slices of white bread.
Here are the nutritional stats: (% values represent percent calories from protein, fat and carbs)
Item: PB & J Turkey
Calories 430 223
grams protein 12 (10%) 19 (34%)
grams fat 18 (35%) 4 (15%)
grams carbs 55 (55%) 28 (52%)
grams fiber 3.5 1.2
Dr. Oz said: “For a healthy lunch, grab a PB &J. It’s packed with protein and healthy fats.”
“Packed with protein?” If you call 10% calories from protein packed, then perhaps you shouldn’t be doling out nutrition advice. On a per-calorie basis, the turkey sandwich delivers 3 1/2 times the protein of the PB & J sandwich.
About the only thing the PB & J has going for it is it’s cheaper than turkey and will last longer without refrigeration. Oh, and it has a smidgen more fiber (but if the turkey sandwich had the normal adornment of lettuce, tomatoes, onions and peppers, even this advantage would vanish…).
And Dr. Oz is always telling us to cut down on the simple sugars, yet somehow the 26 grams of sugar in the jelly is something that will keep us satiated? C’mon doc, have your staff check the facts before you present them on your show.
I know Dr. Oz is far too busy to do his own research, but there must be some sort of fact checking that goes on before the cameras start rolling.
How about suggesting a big turkey salad (no balloon bread required), with lots of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, a few Kalamata olives, and a nice lemon juice/olive oil vinaigrette? Throw in a handful of almonds and you have a lunch far superior to either of the sandwich choices.
I’m not going to mention how he extolled the virtues of a plate of al dente pasta for all of it’s “resistant starch.”
Is it just me, or is Dr. Oz sometimes inconsistent with the messages he delivers about nutrition? One show he blasts white flour and white pasta, and the next he’s suggesting we eat them.
Am I too hard on the guy? Not hard enough? Let me know what you think with a comment!
Robert J. Stone