With any of us becoming a little more health conscious of what we eat (especially in the aftermath of a pandemic that meant a lot of us were cooped in one place with little exercise), many people are looking for healthier alternatives to the types of food that they normally eat.
One of the foods that often comes under fire in this regard is bread.
This is especially the case for refined white flour bread, with its high carb and calorie count with very few other nutrients to balance it out.
Because of these factors, people will often look elsewhere for a healthier alternative. And one of the first foods of choice they turn to is wraps.
However, as more research is carried out on food nutrition and dietary requirements, the status of wraps as a healthy bread alternative or substitute is being brought into question.
So, how healthy are wraps exactly? And, more importantly, are they healthier than their bread counterparts?
Well, that’s what we will answer in this piece!
In this guide, we are going to discuss the nutritional information on wraps, as well as compare them to bread to see which is the healthiest option.
Wrap nutrition seems like an easy topic to discuss, but the more that you analyze it, the more you realize just how complex this particular food is.
For one thing, there is not a single recipe for creating the types of tortilla wraps that many people use to make their lunch meals, in a very similar way to bread.
Because of this, how healthy a wrap is will likely depend on the type of ingredients that you are throwing into your tortilla wrap flour.
For instance, refined white flour used in a wrap will likely also mean that the wrap will have a similarly high calorie and carb count, comparable to many types of bread loaves.
By contrast, whole wheat tortilla wraps will likely have an overall carb count that is less than their white flour counterparts, whilst also being higher in fiber and other nutrients that promote healthier digestion.
When deciding on what type of wrap you should buy, make sure that you look at the ingredients and nutrients section of your food’s packaging.
They will have more accurate numbers on what sort of nutritional values these foods have and can be compared to one another.
Wraps Vs Bread: Which Is Healthier?
So, as we’ve seen, actually measuring how healthy a wrap is not as easy as it would first seem.
Does this also mean that the same is true for comparing wraps to bread loaves?
Well, the short answer is both yes, and no.
The longer answer is more complicated, as food nutrition often is.
Generally speaking, when it comes to comparing homemade loaves and wraps, one of the most important factors that you have to consider in food nutrition, outside of carb and calorie intake, is the number of kilojoules present in a food.
What Are Kilojoules?
Kilojoules are a measurement of the amount of energy that a food or drink item will give you when consumed, and are often used as an alternative measurement of food nutrition to calories.
Generally speaking, the conversions rates for these units look something like this:
- 1 Kilojoule (or kJ), is the equivalent of 0.2 Calories (or Cal).
- 1 Calorie is equivalent to 4.2 Kilojoules.
Comparing Kilojoules In Wraps And Bread Loaves
Generally speaking, a single wrap has a higher amount of kilojoules found in it than a single slice of bread. However, wraps make up for this by only requiring just one wrap to create a meal, whereas most sandwiches need two slices of bread.
However, outside of kilojoule counts, there are other differences in nutrition between wraps and loaves.
Generally speaking, wraps will often contain less fiber than a slice of bread, as well as having a lower amount of protein, especially when compared to other types of bread, such as whole wheat or oat loaves.
This is especially the case for prepackaged, store-bought wraps, where most types of wraps are made from more refined flours that often contained more sugars and other empty calories (calories that have a lot of energy, but little to no nutritional value).
However, using a single wrap instead of using two bread slices does still give wraps an edge in this regard, although many dieticians would say that this difference is pretty small overall.
Healthy Wrap Meals
So, this is why having a good ingredients list is often more important than deciding on wraps or loaves.
The following are a few healthy wrap recipes that you can try to keep your carb and calorie intake low.
Fiber and lean protein are the main aims of this wrap’s game.
Combining very lean meat, chicken, with a bean that is packed with nutritional goodness, this wrap is perfect for getting the healthiest amount of vitamins, proteins, fiber, and other nutrients into your system.
Plus, you’ll be able to pack more of this filling into your wraps than you would with two slices of bread as well!
Mediterranean food is often toted as one of the healthiest varieties of food in the world.
So naturally, we’d want to get some of that healthy goodness into a wrap!
The wrap is filled with tons of tasty vegetables that provide plenty of vital vitamins to your diet, alongside a healthy dollop of hummus and mint.
Combine with some more lean chicken, and you’ll be able to keep the carb count relatively low.
As you can see, wraps are not all that much healthier than a single slice of bread.
However, if you have to choose between using a single wrap or two slices to make a sandwich, you’re probably better off choosing the wrap.