Aug 30, 2012

Bread vs. Tortilla

So, my son and I got into a conversation about nutrition and he asked why I eat 6" flour tortillas instead of bread like him. I answered "because it is better for you," to which he replied "PROVE IT." Here is the results of the research we did together, form your own decision (I'll still keep eating tortillas).

We started by comparing the wrappers from the bread he normally eats (Nickles Italian) and the tortillas (La Banderita) that I eat. Then online to find out what was available from the "nutrition" sites out there (this one is the best, click HERE).

Nutritional Data Nickles Italian BreadLa Banderita Tortilla
Serving Size 1 slice (32g) 1 tortilla (33g)
Calories 8081
Total Fat 1 g.7 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0 mg
Sodium 180 mg209 mg
Total Carbohydrates 15 g15 g
     Dietary Fiber 1 g2 g
     Sugars 1 g0 g
Protein 3 g3 g

So, what does this all mean? Think about making a sandwich. Using the same amount of lunch-meat, lettuce, slice of tomato, condiments...that doesn't change anything, but you have to double the numbers for the bread since it takes 2 pieces of bread to make a sandwich, you just roll the tortilla. Bread sandwich ends up being 160 calories, 2 grams of fat, 360 mg of sodium, 30 grams of carbs (2 grams of sugar).

So yeah, I'll stick to using the tortillas...that allows me an extra Snickers bar every month without the guilt or weight...

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