Are Wraps Healthy? The Results Are In

Are Wraps Really Healthy? The Surprising Research Results

It may surprise you to hear that the wraps you buy to enjoy your family’s favourite Mexican spread or to make healthy lunches the kids will actually eat, are perhaps not as healthy as you thought they were. Are Wraps Healthy

“In fact, when it comes to the salt and artificial preservatives used in popular wraps, many do not pass the test,” according to nutritionist Susie Burrell, who is a mum to twins, Gus and Harry and Helga’s Ambassador.

“While wraps can be a healthy source of carbohydrates, fibre and a convenient alternative to bread, a recent report from the University of Newcastle has found that of the top selling wraps in supermarkets, one serve of some wraps was found to contain as much as six times the amount of salt than was found in others,” she explains. “When you translate this into the total amount of salt being consumed each year, a serve of the leading wrap on the market would add an extra 90 teaspoons of salt into you and even worse your kid’s diet every year!”

Sodium Content Per 100G

How much salt do the wraps you buy contain? Check the popular brands below to find out.

Are Wraps Really Healthy? The Surprising Research Results

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Too Much Salt

Susie says Australians already consume way too much salt in their diets. “High salt diets are linked to heart disease and increased risk of stroke,” she explains. “On a daily basis, too much salt can leave us feeling bloated, tired and heavy. While high salt diets for our kids teaches them to seek out richer flavours in their diets – as opposed to fresh foods in their natural state.”

According to Susie, the easiest way to help control and reduce the amount of salt in your diet is to check the nutrition information panel for products. “Or, in this case, wraps that contain less than 600mg of sodium per 100g,” she suggests. “Make it even easier by looking for the Helga’s Traditional Wraps, which are lower in sodium than many popular wraps on the market. Even more importantly, Helga’s wraps are one of the few of the popular wraps sold in supermarkets to not contain artificial preservatives, which few of us want in the food we feed to our families.”

Added Preservatives

Check the chart below to see if the wraps you buy contain added artificial preservatives. A ‘-‘ indicates  the preservative has not been added. A ‘x’ indicates the preservative is added.

Are Wraps Really Healthy? The Surprising Research Results

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ABOUT: Susie Burrell is one of Australia’s leading dietitians, with two Honours degrees in Nutrition & Dietetics and Psychology. Susie also represents the Dietitians Association of Australia as a media spokesperson and regularly comments on all areas of diet, weight loss and nutrition. She is known for her practical, easy to understand approach to diet, nutrition and wellbeing. 

Early in her career, Susie spent almost 10 years working at The Children’s Hospital and with elite sporting teams including the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South African Blue Bulls where she gained much applied experience working with children, families and elite athletes. Susie is also the resident sports dietitian at Sydney University Sport.

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