Did you know that some foods that look healthy can have high levels of salt and may contain artificial preservatives? By looking at the nutrition panel you can make smarter choices.
Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of satisfying, great tasting foods. Wraps are a quick and easy way to make a fantastic meal, so we asked leading dietitian Joanne Turner for her tips on making healthy wraps that tick all the boxes.
1. AVOID EXCESS SALT
Research has shown Australians consume too much salt*. Common grocery items including processed meats, wraps, crispbreads and snacks can be surprisingly high in salt. When you shop, take a moment to check the nutrition label before you buy, and if necessary look for a lower salt alternative.
2. KNOW YOUR ADDITIVES
While you’ve got your eyes on the label, you can check for other additives, like artificial preservatives. Some common artificial preservatives include 200 (potassium sorbate), 282 (calcium propionate) and 281 (sodium propionate).
3. FULL OF FLAVOUR
The secret to a great wrap is the fillings. Add 80g of lean protein such as skinless chicken breast or a boiled egg plus plenty of low-starch salad vegies for extra fibre. Add extra flavour by combining herbs, citrus juice, vinegar and low fat yoghurt with mustard and spread it on your wrap for extra zing!
Meet our expert, Joanne Turner
As Australia’s leading dual-qualified accredited practicing dietitian, Joanne Turner has consulted to thousands of individual, corporate and elite athlete clients, the food industry and media. Jo is also a devoted mum to her three beautiful children.
MAKE THE SWITCH
Helga’s Traditional White and Mixed Grain Wraps are tasty and versatile. With no artificial preservatives and 40% less salt than the market leader**, you can pop them in your trolley with confidence.
To find out more, visit helgas.com.au
*Source: FSANZ 2015. Accessed from foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/nutrition/salthowmuch/pages/howmuchsaltareweeating/howmuchsaltandsodium4551.aspx Australian Health Survey.
**Helga’s Traditional White and Mixed Grain Wraps contain less sodium (430mg/100g) and (450mg/100g) than Mission Wraps Original (790mg/100g) September 2016.