May 2nd, 2019

A Tortilla Worth Talking About


We’ve scoured supermarkets and restaurants to find healthy FFactor® approved food swaps for high-calorie favorites. Now you can satisfy your cravings without sabotaging your waistline.* 

That’s a wrap! 

Being the carb component of burritos, enchiladas, nachos and quesadillas alike, it’s easy to see how the tortilla can get a bad (w)rap—it is what literally (and figuratively) holds these typically less-than-light Mexican dishes together, after all. But the thin, unleavened flatbread, isn’t always the main culprit weighing said dishes down, and its use isn’t just limited to Mexican cuisine either. Commonly used interchangeably with other flatbreads as a “wrap” to roll around fillings for a tasty lunch, tortillas are a staple in kitchens around the world, and one that has endless applications too. Perhaps it is for that reason that there are so many varieties of this food too. There are corn ones, flour ones, fajita-size ones, street taco-sized tortillas and burrito-sized tortillas, restaurant-style, multigrain, uncooked… the list goes on. Of course, there are upsides to having a such wide range of options to choose from, but a lot of options can also lead to confusion. Which wrap is best? Should I go for La Tortilla Factory, or Old El Passo? What about La Banderitas? Those look legit… The last thing we want is you spending unnecessary time in the market comparing packages. Scratch that, the last thing we’d want is you consuming unnecessary carbs and cals and gaining weight, second to last is wasting time in the market. So, we set out to on a mission to find the best tortillas for ya, and as it turns out, a Mission (tortilla) is exactly what we found.

With the vast offerings Mission Foods has in the tortilla space, it should come as no surprise that they would have one that truly reigns supreme. A quick glance at the nutrition panel on their Carb Balance Whole Wheat fajita tortilla and you’ll think one thing: mission accomplished! This tortilla is exactly as the name describes: carb balanced. Yes, these tortillas contain carbs (~1 slice of white bread’s worth), but the 13 grams of carbs in each are balanced out by a whopping 9 grams of fiber, so each 45-calorie “fajita-size” tortilla only sets you back 4g net carb. This is important because the body needs carbs for energy, but carbs eaten in excess of what are body can store is what leads to weight gain; and a low net carb is what puts your body in a position to burn fat for fuel.

That 4g of net carbs in one Mission Carb Balance Tortilla is even more amazing when you compare it to the 12g of net carbs one of their 100% whole wheat ones would cost you—that’s a full 66% less! Of course, this low net carb is achieved in part by the hefty fiber content; 9 grams is MORE THAN QUADRUPLE the amount of fiber than what one of their 100% Whole Wheat ones brings to the table, which they do with almost double the calories too—that’s no bueno. We could wrap this up right here, but we’d be remiss to leave out the fact that each tortilla contains 3g protein too, so in addition to being a vessel for your food, they can help you feel fuller for longer. Those 45 calories are not empty calories, that’s for sure! Compared to the whole wheat ones, the Carb Balance tortillas have less fat, total carbs, and sugar too. Now, that’s a wrap!


TO JOURNAL THIS FOOD: Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Fajita Tortillas – 13g carbohydrate, 9g fiber.