Whole-Grain Wrap Taste Test

by in Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, February 4, 2012

whole grain wraps
Wraps are a fun alternative to sandwiches. Curious to which are the healthiest and tastiest? Find out how 5 popular flour tortillas (a.k.a. wraps) fared in our taste test.

Seek and You’ll Find
After asking our Facebook fans their favorite brands, we sought out to add them to our taste test. However, finding popular brands was not as easy as we originally thought—and we learned that wraps are found in MANY locations throughout the market. When looking for wraps, check the deli counter, commercial bread aisle and the Mexican food aisle. If that doesn’t work, ask the store manager. At one supermarket, they stored some wraps next to the raw meat (that just screams food safety issue to me).

The Criteria
For this taste test, we rated the wraps based on taste, texture, ingredients, cost and nutritional information including calories, fat, and fiber. Each variety was rated on a 5-point scale (5 being the highest). We also looked at the size of each wrap. A 6-to-8-inch wrap is a reasonable size and has as many calories as in 1½  to 2 slices of bread.

Wrap-itz 100% Whole Wheat Wraps
Rating: 3.5
Cost: $0.37 per tortilla
Nutrition Info (per tortilla): 120 calories; 2.5 grams fat; 20 grams total carbohydrates: 3 grams fiber
Our Take: These wraps were so soft and tasty, I couldn’t stop munching on them. The ingredient list starts with stone-ground 100% whole wheat and 100% whole grains—just what the dietitian ordered. You’ll also find omega-3’s and calcium added to them, unfortunately the grams of fiber was the fewest of the bunch and it was also the most expensive.

Trader Joe’s Handmade 100% Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas
Rating: 4.5
Cost: $0.11 per tortilla
Nutrition Info (per tortilla): 160 calories; 5 grams fat; 25 grams total carbohydrates: 4 grams fiber
Our Take: These wraps had a soft and chewy texture and nutty flavor. Although this wrap was higher in calories than most of the others, it has a good amount of fiber and the price couldn’t be better!

Flatout Flatbread Light Italian Herb
Rating: 3.5
Cost: $0.35 per flatbread
Nutrition Info (per flatbread): 90 calories; 2.5 grams fat; 16 grams total carbohydrates: 9 grams fiber
Our Take: By popular request we tested this brand even though it’s categorized as a flatbread. We grabbed this flavor since the label touts that it’s made from 100% whole wheat, plus the Harvest Wheat variety was not available. Although the Light Italian Herb has 90 calories per serving, the Harvest Wheat has 120 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 23 grams carbohydrates, and 6 grams fiber. The herb flavor was a bit strong, but the texture was much soft and even a bit cake-y.

Chi-Chi’s Whole Wheat Tortilla
Rating: 2.5
Cost: $0.29 per tortilla
Nutrition Info (per tortilla): 170 calories; 4 grams fat; 28 grams total carbohydrates: 3 grams fiber
Our Take:  We were glad to see whole wheat flour listed as the first ingredient, but were then disappointed that it was followed by enriched flour. The flavor tastes closer to a white tortilla rather than a 100% whole wheat one, though it did have a nice mouth feel.

Mission 100% Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas
Rating: 3.0
Cost: $0.34 per tortilla
Nutrition Info (per tortilla): 130 calories; 3 grams fat; 22 grams total carbohydrates: 3 grams fiber
Our Take: Whole wheat flour is the first ingredient followed, to our disappointment, by water and vegetable shortening. The tortilla had a chewy texture but didn’t have that whole wheat, nutty flavor. It also had the fewest grams of fiber with only 3 grams.

Honorable Mention
Some of our Facebook fans gave La Tortilla Factory and Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Wraps glowing reviews. We searched high and low but were unable to get our hands on them.

TELL US: What’s your favorite wrap?

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