Healthy Swaps: Clean Tortillas

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Ever since the warm weather hit I have found myself craving summery, Mexican-style dishes like fajitas and veggie wraps. However, finding clean, “junk-free” tortillas was not as easy as I had anticipated. In fact, it took me three different grocery stores to finally find an acceptable product. Three different grocery stores?! I know I must sound crazy, but check out the ingredients that are found in conventional tortillas:

Ingredients: Whole Wheat Flour, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Vegetable Shortening (Interesterified Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil and/or Palm Oil), contains 2% or less of each of the following: Salt, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate and/or Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Calcium Sulfate), Distilled Monoglycerides, Enzymes, Wheat Starch, Calcium Carbonate, Antioxidants (Tocopherols, Ascorbic Acid), Cellulose Gum, Dough Conditioners (Fumaric Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite), Preservatives (Calcium Propionate, Sorbic Acid and/or Citric Acid).

Like, what are these scary sounding words?! I can’t pronounce all of them, can you? I don’t care how low-cal, reduced-fat these are. They are nasty! Who knows how long it will take for your body to process this junk!?

I was so appalled by the plethora of gross ingredients, chemicals and preservatives found in nearly every brand name tortilla that I picked up that I decided to purchase three different healthy tortillas to review.

Ranked Are The Following Tortillas That I Tried:

1st Place: Engine 2 Brown Rice Tortillas
+ best bang for your buck - $2.19 for a pack of 6
+ gluten-free and wheat varieties available
Ingredients: Brown Rice Flour, Water, Tapioca Flour, Almond Meal, Blend Of Flax And Chia Seeds, Rice Bran, Sea Salt, Vegetable Gum (Xanthan And Cellulose).

2nd Place:
Food For Life Tortillas

+ gluten-free and wheat varieties available
Ingredients: Brown Rice Flour, Filtered Water, Tapioca Flour, Safflower oil, Rice Bran, Vegetable Gum (Xanthan Gum, Cellulose), Sea Salt.

3rd Place:
Ezekiel 4:9 Tortillas

+ gluten-free and wheat varieties available
+ found in the freezer section - requires defrost
Ingredients: Organic Sprouted Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Sprouted Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Sprouted Lentils, Organic Sprouted Spelt, Sea Salt.

Have you tried any of these? Got a product you like better? Let me know!

Sources: http://www.missionfoodservice.com/Nutrition/viewDetail.aspx?SAP=10425 http://www.foodforlife.com/product/tortillas/ezekiel-49-sprouted-whole-grain-tortillas http://www.foodforlife.com/product/tortillas/brown-rice-tortillas http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/engine-2-tortillas-brown-rice