Why Roast Beef and Turkey Make Such Great Sandwich Options

April 23, 2019 9:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Among the many meat and cheese options we have at our butcher shop in Williamsport, PA are our turkey and roast beef cold cuts. These cuts are sliced right here in our store and guaranteed fresh. Our roast beef is antibiotic and hormone free, and our turkey is nitrate free and very low in salt.

Roast beef and turkey aren’t just popular options for fancy holiday dinners. Here are just a few examples of some of the benefits associated with eating roast beef and turkey in your sandwiches.

Roast beef

Roast beef that comes from a lean cut is always going to be naturally low in calories. A one-ounce portion of roast beef will contain about 50 calories, so a sandwich that has about three ounces of roast beef (the recommended amount for a good roast beef sandwich) is only going to result in 150 calories from the meat—not bad at all.

Roast beef is an excellent source of protein and fat, which are important for delivering the energy your body needs to make it through the day. A one-ounce serving of roast beef gives you a little more than seven grams of protein. While many people mistakenly believe fat to be bad for them, in actuality it is absolutely critical for the production of hormones, vitamin storage and insulation for your body. One ounce of roast beef will give you two grams of fat.

If you’re on a low-carb diet, you’ll still be able to eat roast beef, because it is not found in the meat.

Meats like roast beef are, however, fortified with plenty of iron, which is important for transporting oxygen to the cells and tissues throughout your body. An ounce of roast beef gets you 0.7 milligrams of iron.

Vitamin B-12 is another important nutrient you can find in roast beef. Your body needs this vitamin to create red blood cells, support the healthy function of your brain and withdraw the energy you need from the foods in your diet. A single ounce of roast beef will provide you with 0.9 milligrams of this vitamin, so a three-ounce serving in a sandwich will complete your necessary vitamin B-12 portion for the day.


Turkey is a healthy food that provides you with a rich and reliable source of protein while delivering less fat than other types of meats. Just make sure you exercise some restraint with the other toppings on your sandwich so you don’t counteract its health benefits!

The health benefits of turkey depend on which part of the bird you eat. Dark meat contains more fat than white meat.

A 3.5 ounce serving of white meat (about the amount you’d put into a sandwich) contains about 194 calories without the skin, as well as four grams of fat and 30 grams of protein. If you add the skin, that goes up to eight grams of fat and a few more calories.

For more information about the various health benefits associated with roast beef and turkey, or to learn about our deli offerings, we encourage you to contact Tony’s Delicatessen & Fresh Meats or pay a visit to our butcher shop in Williamsport, PA today.

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