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Are wraps with ready-made packages or spice mixes healthy?

  1. Wraps are made from tortillas. Tortillas are thin bread, usually made from wheat flour or wheat flour. There is no one standard recipe for making wraps, just like pizzas you can vary infinitely. So it is completely personal which ingredients you use for your wrap. There are, however, a number of standard recipes that are frequently used in the supermarket. To what extent can these standard recipes / packs be considered healthy?

Tortillas

  1. You can buy tortillas from different brands. However, some packages do not say "tortilla", but "wrap". There seems to be little difference between tortillas, but nothing could be further from the truth. You even have cornmeal tortillas. These are ideal for people with a gluten intolerance. Furthermore, most tortillas available in the supermarket are made from wheat flour, while tortillas made from wheat flour and whole wheat flour are available but these are less common. The difference between wheat flour, wheat flour and whole wheat flour is that wheat flour is more processed. This makes it a refined carbohydrate that has the result that it is absorbed into the blood more quickly and the blood sugar level rises faster. So for people with diabetes or people who generally want to avoid spikes and dips in their blood sugar, it is better to consume tortillas made from wheat flour or whole wheat flour.

Spice mixes

  1. It is very tasty to add spices to wraps and the supermarket has responded to this by selling ready-to-use spice mixes. In 2016, the spice mixes and packages from Honig and Knorr are popular. These mixes / packages are discussed below.

Spice mix from Honig

  1. Honig's spice mix will certainly provide a good taste, but one of the flavor enhancers that ensures this is MSG or E621. This E number stimulates the taste buds and makes you tend to eat more. Besides the fact that it encourages you to eat more, there are people who get dizzy. Insomnia and hyperactivity can also occur. However, this is not scientifically proven in 2016.

Spice mix from Knorr

  1. Knorr also offers a spice mix for Mexican wraps. This spice mix differs significantly from that of Honig. This is because no E numbers are added to the Knorr package. For example, there is no E621, E627 and E631. There is, however, yeast extract in the Knorr spice mix. Yeast extract, like MSG, contains free glutamate ions. These seem to cause the side effects of MSG, but this has not been scientifically proven.

Spice mix from health food stores

  1. There is a way to add natural spice mix to wraps without making your own. You can buy products at health food stores for Mexican wraps, among other things. These often do not contain E numbers or yeast extract and are made from natural ingredients.

Packages with more than just spice mix

  1. Besides just spice mixes you can also buy more complete packages in the supermarket. For example, Honig also offers a package for Mexican wraps that contains tortillas and tomato sauce in addition to a spice mix. The spice mix has already been discussed, but how healthy are the tortillas and tomato sauce in this package?

Family dish Mexican wraps Honig

  1. Tortilla

Knorr Mexican wrap package

  1. Tortilla

Add yourself

  1. Supermarket packages contain tortillas, herbs and a sauce. But of course you cannot make a wrap with this. It takes more ingredients.

Ground beef

  1. For example, minced beef is often used as a filling for the Mexican wrap. Ground beef falls under red meat. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified processed meat as a carcinogen and red meat as a possible carcinogen through several studies. The Nutrition Center also recommends consuming a maximum of 300 grams of red meat per week. It is therefore advisable not to consume too much ground beef.

Chicken

  1. Besides Mexican wraps there are also Oriental wraps, with Oriental wraps often chicken is used as a filling. Unprocessed chicken fillet is part of a healthy diet as it contains a lot of protein and healthy vitamins and minerals. Moreover, chicken is not red meat, but white meat.

Corn, onion and pepper

  1. Corn is a healthy vegetable, if you buy it fresh, from a corn on the cob. Canned corn usually has sugar added, making it a less healthy choice. Onion is a healthy addition to the food, you have to bite through the tears while cutting, but you do get a very healthy addition in return. Bell pepper is also a very healthy addition to the meal. It contains many vitamins and minerals.

Cheese

  1. It really depends on which cheese you use with the wrap as some cheeses can be very fatty. However, wraps often only add some cheese to the top, not in large quantities.

Make your own wraps

  1. You can of course also make your own wraps. This way you can make your own tortillas and you can also decide for yourself what ingredients are used in the filling. You can also control the flavor enhancers yourself. If you want to be sure that you are consuming a healthy wrap, it is wise to make the entire wrap yourself.



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