Originally derived from the corn tortilla – which predates the arrival of Europeans to the Americas – wheat tortillas are just one of the many forms of making tortillas.
The wheat flour tortilla is probably best known however, because of its versatility and growing popularity. In Mexico however, the word “tortilla” is still used to refer to the corn tortilla made of maize.
Whole wheat tortillas are a type of soft, thin flatbread made from finely ground wheat flour from Mexico. Whole wheat tortillas are a healthy alternative to plain tortillas with the delicious flavour of rich whole wheat! Whole-wheat tortillas are a healthy carbohydrate-rich food choice because they are low in fat, sodium and simple sugars and high in fibre.
Whole wheat also means that the bran, the germ, and the endosperm of the wheat kernel have all been left intact. The bread is made up entirely of wheat kernels. It is healthier because of the fibre and protein remaining in the wheat.
These are necessary for your body to function healthily and happily! It’s great for those with high cholesterol, prevention of gum disease and tooth loss, reducing the risk of asthma, reducing inflammatory disease risk, high blood pressure and good for your digestive system too.
Whole wheat also has a delicious and rich taste that is slightly sweet which adds to the depth of flavour of your meals. Whole wheat tortillas also fill you up for longer which is great for those who love their burritos and tacos – it’s way more satisfying!
Flour tortillas are usually paired with meat, mashed potatoes, cheese and other ingredients to make dishes such as tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, fajitas, chilaquiles and burritos.
For a more protein and fibre-rich tortilla, try our whole wheat tortillas! Or, for an even healthier alternative, have a look at our low-fat tortillas.