Whole Foods 365 Brand Organic Flour Tortillas
One popular rule of thumb referenced when looking for healthy, high-quality food items is the "short ingredients list" rule. For instance, if the item has a paragraph (or two) that lists many unpronounceable chemicals and preservatives, you might want to select a different item with a shorter and simpler list. In a manner I find baffling, almost all corn tortillas have a nice short list -- corn, lime, and water -- but flour tortillas usually have two full paragraphs of dough stabilizers, preservatives, and chemicals. Finding flour tortillas that are not jam-packed with chemicals is so difficult, in fact, that Whole Foods couldn't find any. Rather than simply not stock such a popular food item as flour tortillas, they contracted to have them made especially for Whole Foods at a small factory in New Mexico. The ingredient list is short and sweet: organic white flour, water, organic expeller-pressed soy oil, sea salt, and aluminum-free baking powder. Using a traditional recipe, the tortillas are handcrafted in small batches, and their superior quality is unmistakable. Soft, flavorful, slightly chewy when heated on the comal, and fragrant as fresh baked bread, these tortillas are genuinely the best to be had, unless you are skilled enough to make your own. (They have proven so popular that they're among the few items Whole Foods regularly sells out of; I always buy several packages and put the extras in the freezer so I have them when I need them.) Available in Traditional, Fat-Free, Red Chile, and Whole Wheat ($1.29).
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