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The Low-Carb Movement Comes To Tortillas

Posted - Aug. 2, 2004 at 7:20 a.m.



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The Low-Carb Movement Comes To Tortillas

(HealthNewsDigest.com)-Whether you've already jumped on the low-carb bandwagon or are just considering it, at some point you may find the diet somewhat limiting.

Steaks, seafood, cheese and chicken are great, but saying goodbye to bread products can some days feel downright painful. Thanks to a host of innovative food companies, however, relief is at hand.

In addition to the low-carb breads, pizza and pasta being introduced almost daily, a number of consumers are discovering low- carb tortillas.

For example, a line of tortillas that are said to be low in carbohydrates yet high in taste has been created by Mission Foods.

Tortillas have long found their place in the American mainstream diet, where they serve as substitutes for traditional breads in popular dishes such as hot dogs, pitas, sandwiches and pizza.

The word "tortilla" is a name given by the Spaniards to the unleavened flat bread they found in Mexico among the Aztecs in the 16th century.

Whether made from flour or corn, tortillas can be used to hold a variety of fillings, used as tasty food scoops, toasted and topped with salad or serve hot and plain.

Although there has been a decline in volume for most carbohydrate categories-including breads, pasta and rice-due to the popularity of numerous low-carb diets, the sales of tortillas continue to grow with sales expected to reach $6.1 billion in 2004.

Now, low-carb tortillas can help consumers stick to their diet of choice, while providing flavor and versatility. Also, because of their versatility, the tortillas make fine after-school or summertime snacks for children that can be used with a variety of fillers.

According to Jorge Cruise, New York Times best selling author, "weight loss coach" and columnist for Prevention magazine, "I am thrilled to have discovered Mission Low Carb Tortillas because they don't sacrifice taste and flavor. I also like the fact that they contain protein and fiber."

Available in Soft Taco, Whole Wheat Burrito, Fajita and Whole Wheat Fajita sizes, Mission Low Carb tortillas start at only 4 grams of net carbs per tortilla-a third of the carbs of a slice of traditional white bread.

From favorite Mexican dishes to mouthwatering mainstays, low- carb tortillas mean consumers can return to satisfying and delicious foods without adding the formerly associated carbs.

To learn more, visit the Web site at www.missionfoods.com.

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