For myself, there are no "healthy" tortillas. White flour is bad, and whole grain or wheat is worse. Corn is marginally better if you don't mind the fact that corn and soy are the two most GMO-modified crops on the planet.
If I want something that serves the purpose of a tortilla, I use coconut wraps. They're good and sturdy enough for anything I'd use a tortilla for. I can't find them in stores, but I get mine from Pure Wraps (Improv'Eat). Julian Bakery also carries them... but I have honesty issues with Julian. Besides, Pure Wraps come in original and curry, while Julian only carries the plain.
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For sandwich wraps I like the tumaro's brand as well. For tacos (love fish tacos in the summer) I use corn tortillas. The brand I use is only about 100 cals, 23g carbs and 1g of fat for two 5.5" tortillas, which I don't think is that bad at all. Like everyone else has said, it's what you fill them with or have on the side that matters more.
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There aren't many foods that are in and of themselves healthy or unhealthy. Most things can be part of an overall healthy diet, especially if they help make eating better easier. Tortillas make it easier for me to eat healthy because they're fast and light and let me pack a lot of wonderfully nutritious things inside like beans, eggs, chicken, avocado, greens, hummus, etc.
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I like the Tumaro wraps available at Fred Meyer/Kroger. They are somewhat lower in carbs, but quite expensive, so I don't indulge very often.
Eating a white flour tortilla is basically like consuming glue.
I make my own corn tortillas a couple of times a year as a treat...I think that you can occasionally work them into a healthy, moderate-carb diet, but they certainly aren't something to eat with any regularity.
I don't consider a whole wheat tortilla to be unhealthy. There just may be healthier alternatives or on the other spectrum, less healthy options. If you're looking to avoid preservatives/additives then just make your own.
I don't think that having a tortilla once in awhile is harmful to your health. What's more important is your overall diet; if it consists mainly of fresh, whole foods; mostly veg/fruit, lean protein, healthy fats, whole grains and is low in sugar/sodium.
Personally, I think the healthiest thing a person can do is to make most of their meals from raw ingredients but it's not always an option with every food/meal.
I eat a small (100 cal) tortilla about 1-2x week but the vast majority of my meals are salads with chicken or Atlantic salmon.
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You can make your own tortilla. It does take practice. It won't be low-carb, but it will be healthier than the usual tortilla if you make it higher in fiber.
Making tortillas that you like and that taste good to you is a real project, but well worth the time and effort, IMO. A friend of mine had the whole procedure down pat and made tortillas using a tortilla press. Big difference in taste!
Everybody's idea of healthy is different. Personally, I would eat a low carb tortilla, if I was going to eat one.
Still, base this on YOUR eating plan.. can it fit into your ranges? If yes, then enjoy. We all eat some super-healthy food, some mediocre food, and some food we know to be unhealthy. It is the combination of ALL of these foods that matters, not 1-2 tortillas. What's in the tortillas? Don't you think that would matter?
If it is lean chicken breast, with avocado, and tomatoes, that would make the whole thing healthier, than if it was bologna, cheese, and Miracle Whip, right? The tortilla is only one food. If you can fit ice cream in once a week, certainly a tortilla every so often isn't going to be the problem.
I always ask myself.. what made me fat? Was it tortillas? No. It was chips, pop, fast food, sweets. Cut those, and you most likely can have tortillas.
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Calories 130.0 Total Fat 2.5 g Saturated Fat 0.0 g Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 g Cholesterol 0.0 mg Sodium 330.0 mg Potassium 0.0 mg Total Carbohydrate 24.0 g Dietary Fiber 1.0 g Sugars 1.0 g Protein 4.0 g
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