Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Border Food : Tortilla Wraps

     While some people think "I'm eating so healthy and Clean; I'm eating a wrap sandwich!" may not be aware that the little flat piece of bread is hiding a very big secret: it is a border food - a food which is ok for occasional use, but not for everyday consumption.

     Tortilla wraps are typically made with highly processed white flour ( bad ) - but the kicker is, the sodium content of that flat piece of nothing is sky high! A single large burrito sized tortilla ( Mission Brand, the most widely distributed tortilla brand in the country  ) has an astonishing 630 mg of sodium...per tortilla!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size
1 tortilla (70g)

Amount per Serving
Calories 210
Calories from Fat 45

% Daily Value
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g 
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 630mg
Total Carbohydrate 36g 
Dietary Fiber 1g 
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10%
Iron 15%

So before you put anything on that sandwich wrap, before any homemade little CE are eating 630 mg of sodium.

If you want a Clean wrap - as always, read the labels before you buy. Look for whole wheat, lower sodium versions. Check out the brands that are labeled as organic. Chances are, the manufacturer has controlled the salt shaker, too!

Some brands to look for: 

Whole Foods 365 whole wheat tortillas - 125 mg of sodium
Trader Joe's Organic ( white flour and whole wheat ) tortillas -160 to 180 mg of sodium
Azteca Buena whole wheat tortillas - 250 mg of sodium
La Banderita Grande burrito wrap ( white flour ) 350 mg sodium