The sandwich was apparently named after John Montagu who was the 4th Earl of Sandwich in the UK. There is some conjecture around the exact circumstances of how the sandwich came about.
Lord Sandwich was espoused as being a regular gambler and apparently spent many, many hours playing cards. He was so entrenched in his gambling, he didn’t even want to take time out to eat meals, which in the 18th century would have been taken at the dining table – breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In order to combat his hunger, he would ask his servants to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread allowing him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage, while eating and without having to use utensils. The bread also prevented the cards from becoming dirty or oily from eating meat with his bare hands. His gambling mates became accustomed to Montagu’s eating style and soon they too, began to ask for the “the same as Sandwich!” Hence, the name arose and stuck for the past 2 centuries.
Fans of the Earl have provided a more sober alternative to the story stating that Sandwich’s dedication to his naval career, to politics and contribution to the arts, would make the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his work desk. You can draw your own conclusion
Others claim that Sandwich was not the first to invent the sandwich at all. It would make sense that sandwiches have existed since the first bread became available. It’s a convenient and quick way to eat, that’s for sure.
Sandwiches are now part of the staple western diet. Sadly, though, with bread’s high carbohydrate content, it’s not the healthiest way to consume food, made even worse now by the way most grains are prepared for harvest using poisonous chemicals and have been genetically modified, making bread a poor nutritional choice for most people. Even without the harmful, non-organic practices of today, high carbohydrate intake was never a great idea. Just look at the images of Lord Sandwich himself – with a bit of mid-body bulge!
Want to know more about ‘Life without Sandwiches’ (and other high carb foods), be sure to come along to Dr. Ben’s workshop this Monday 17th October at 6.45pm. He will give us a run down on why we might want to make some different choices to improve our health and how to make healthy eating easy and delicious. Book Here