When you’re determining whether to go with a tortilla or a slice of bread, the question may arise as to which of these is the healthier option. Similar to bread, tortillas are made of grains, typically wheat or corn so it’s a given that the two will share similar nutrients. However, when it comes to calories, this is where the bigger differences are more apparent.
A one ounce slice of bread has about 75 to 100 calories while a corn tortilla—the standard choice for enchiladas and tacos—has about 60 to 65 calories. A flour tortilla will have more calories because of the added fat, about 90 calories or so.
In terms of a tortilla’s nutritional value, there are factors that determine this. For example, a tortilla made of whole grains and healthy fats differs significantly from a flour one that has enriched flour. If you are interested in these flour tortillas, you may be better off opting for one that has whole grains as these provide a greater amount of fiber, plant compounds, and nutrients, just like a slice of bread. When buying flour tortillas you should also consider ones that are made with vegetable oil.
So in other words, it’s not really so much about whether bread or a tortilla is the healthier option as it is what kind of bread and tortilla you’re buying.
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