One average wrap
Saturated Fats 8g
=1.5 unbalanced meal
- The energy content of an average wrap is equivalent to one-and-a-half meals, which means that most wraps are 50% more than we need at any one meal.
- Wraps are usually filled with adequate protein but minimal vegetables or salad. Usually only 5% of a wrap is vegetables.
- In general wraps are too big and contain too much refined, concentrated carbohydrate. Wraps should be the diameter of a side plate, rather than the size of a dinner plate.
- Sweet-chilli sauce, barbeque and other sauces may be fat-free, but are thickened with refined starches resulting in a high carbohydrate and sugar content.
- The fat content of most wraps is almost double the recommendation for a healthy meal. What is more, most of the fat is the less beneficial, saturated kind.
- Eating half a portion of chips with a wrap adds the equivalent energy of another full meal, as well as doubling the already high fat content.
SMART CHOICE WRAP & SALAD
Half a wrap with a large tossed salad and no dressing
Saturated Fat 4g
= 1 balanced meal
Optimising the smart choice
- To make a balanced meal of a wrap, you will need to share it with a friend or eat only half and include a large French-type salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar or lemon juice.
- When choosing your wrap, watch out for hidden fats in wrap fillings such as fried halloumi cheese, sausages, bacon, avocado, hummus and mayonnaise-based sauces.
- Ask for sauces not to be included in the wrap, but served on the side so that you can drizzle on just enough sauce to add flavour, if you choose to do so.
Strictly speaking, men should have three-quarters of a wrap with salad served with an oil-free dressing. However, this is not practical so make sure you add a large salad to your wrap without any side order, crips or chips.