Corn vs. Flour Tortillas: The Healthier Option

on August 02, 2019

Three tacos on a plate

If you’re like most people, just the mention of Mexican food makes your mouth water. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, oh my! It’s pretty much all delicious, but it can be unhealthy with all the cheese and sour cream. Not to mention the tortillas. It can be difficult to decide between corn and flour if you don't know much about them.

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Not to worry! If you love Mexican food but want to stay on track with your health goals, you can still indulge a little. Take it easy on the cheese and cream and we’ll help you figure out which tortilla you should choose next time you’ve got a taco craving.


The Breakdown of A Single Tortilla

Let’s Talk Calories
  • Corn Tortillas: 58 calories
  • Flour Tortillas: 90 calories


Tell Me About the Fat Content
  • Corn Tortillas: 0.7 grams of fat
  • Flour Tortillas: 3.1 grams of fat


What About Proteins
  • Corn Tortillas: 1.4 grams of protein  
  • Flour Tortillas: 3.8 grams of protein


Tacos with lime

Corn tortillas are made from – you guessed it, corn! Corn is a whole grain which means it’s full of fiber, and vitamins and minerals. The fiber in whole grains makes you feel fuller for longer amounts of time and can help lower cholesterol levels and decrease your risk of heart attack.

Flour tortillas, on the other hand, are made from – yup, flour- which really doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value. Aside from iron, you’re not really going to get much out of these tortillas other than a yummy taste. It’s not that flour tortillas are bad for you, it’s just that they really have no vitamins to nourish your body.

What Does This Mean?

Flour tortillas contain more calories, fat, carbs, and sodium than their corn counterpart. In this regard, corn tortillas are healthier and provide better benefits to your body than flour tortillas. Flour tortillas do have more protein, but you can satisfy your protein requirement from the meats, beans, and fish you put inside your taco, burrito, etc.

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The Verdict

Corn burritos

If you have the choice between a corn tortilla or a flour tortilla, it’s best to opt for the one made of corn. Not only is it healthier for you, but corn tortillas are less expensive than flour tortillas and are packed with extra flavor that makes Mexican food taste even more amazing.

If you can’t part with your flour tortillas, eat them in moderation and try to make them at home as much as possible, so you can monitor the ingredients you use. Using wheat will make them a little better for you and won’t change the taste too drastically.

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