Corn Tortillas vs Flour Tortillas for Diabetics
There’s a lot of debate about whether flour or corn tortillas are healthier. Some will say that flour are healthier if you eat wheat tortillas.
I’ve always found it to the be the opposite. If you’re a diabetic (like me), than corn tortillas, or tortillas de maíz, are the way to go.
And if you have to also eat gluten-free, like I do, you can enjoy corn tortillas without worry. They don’t contain any gluten and they’re much easier to digest! Overall, corn tortillas are the safer bet.
Why Corn Tortillas are Better for Diabetics
Flour tortillas average about 18g carbs each and only 1g of fiber. A meal of 3 tacos with four tortillas would be a staggering 54 carbs! And these are not those large, burrito-sized tortillas you’re thinking of. This is for regular-sized flour tortillas that fit in the palm of your hand. It’s just not worth it. Especially if you’re used to eating more than one or two tacos at your meal.
Corn tortillas on the other hand are only 8g carbs each and have four times as much fiber (4g)! If you have three tacos at your meal, that’s only 24 carbs! At that rate, you could probably have another taco or two!
TIP: When eating out at a Mexican restaurant, ask for two tacos and remove that second tortilla from each taco and split the filling in half. Or you can simply ask them to bring you four tacos and not double up on the tortillas.
If you’re like me and you love tacos, always try to stick to corn tortillas instead of the carb-loaded flour variation. It will help you stick to your diet and you won’t have to miss out on those delicious tacos ever again.
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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low-Carb Chicken Tacos
The best meal will always be tacos, and these chicken tacos (pictured below) are a great, healthy, low-carb dish when served on corn tortillas. As a diabetic, this is something I have to be careful of. And as someone who has Hashimoto’s disease, I also need to maintain a gluten-free and dairy-free diet as much as possible.
Are you looking for more gluten-free, dairy-free and/or low-carb Mexican recipes? Click on the images below to visit each recipe.