Are Wraps Healthy?
A classic lunch staple, wraps are eaten by many people each day as a convenient lunch-on-the-go, or a homemade snack when you’re not in the mood for bread. So how healthy is it? Find out everything here.
What constitutes as a wrap?
Wraps are soft flatbread that is filled with desired ingredients before being rolled up. This can include tortillas, pittas, roti and other leavened flatbreads. Wraps have been eaten in many countries around the world for over a hundred years; often a kind of street food that allows eating traditional dishes in a way that is easy to eat (ie can be eaten by hand). Now, it is a common lunch globally, and an alternative to sandwiches.
Are wraps healthy?
Wraps are often a well-balanced meal, usually containing a vegetable/salad element, a source of protein, and sometimes a type of grain. So wraps with fillings can definitely be healthy, depending on which you top them with. As for the wraps themselves, multigrain options in particular have nutritional benefits, being a source of essential vitamins and minerals. However, they can actually contain more calories and fat than two slices of bread, so they aren’t necessarily healthier than a sandwich.
That being said, wraps are of course perfectly healthy when eaten as part of a balanced diet. Stuffing it with a range of vegetables is definitely a great lunch choice.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.