Knowing the nutritional information for different foods that you eat can help you plan a healthy and well-balanced diet. When a food is purchased from a grocery store, it usually comes with a nutrition label which contains all of the nutrition information. Foods which are purchased from fast food restaurants, such as Arby's, typically do not come with a nutrition label, however. This means that if you eat a fish sandwich from Arby's you may need to look elsewhere to find its nutritional statistics.
One fish sandwich from Arby's contains 540 calories, Shapefit.com explains. A standard reference point for daily calorie consumption is 2,000 calories, which is sufficient to help most people maintain a healthy weight. Using this basic reference point, an Arby's fish sandwich contains approximately 27 percent of the recommended daily caloric intake, which means that it can be used as part of a meal without requiring significant calorie reduction in other meals during the day.
Macronutrients are the compounds that give a food its calories. The macronutrients for foods are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. One fish sandwich from Arby's contains 27 g of fat, which means that almost 42 percent of the calories in the sandwich come from fat. The 25 g of carbohydrate in the sandwich yield an additional 44 percent of the calories, DietFacts.com explains. Finally, each fish sandwich has 20 g of protein, which comprises the rest of the calories.
Vitamins And Minerals
The most significant mineral present in an Arby's fish sandwich is iron; one sandwich contains 16 percent of the recommended daily allowance of iron. An Arby's fish sandwich also contains 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium as well as 1 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins A and C, DietFacts.com notes. Arby's fish sandwiches are not a significant source of any other essential vitamins and minerals.
Of the 27 g of fat in an Arby's fish sandwich, seven are from saturated fats. The fish sandwich also contains 40 mg of cholesterol and 880 mg of sodium, MyFitnessPal.com reports, which means that this sandwich may not be suitable for someone on a low-sodium diet. An Arby's fish sandwich also contains 3 g of fiber and 9 g of sugar.
Arby's sandwiches come with several condiments. The addition or subtraction of such items as mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles and salt will alter the nutritional information of an Arby's sandwich, though not to a very large extent. People looking to have a diet plan should note that while fish is often a healthy food choice, the fish sandwich at Arby's is fried, which adds a significant amount of fat.