Silly Food Fact
Due to the lack of gravity in space, a sandwich made with bread would result in crumbs floating around the spacecraft (which could damage the equipment and, not to mention, be pretty messy!). So instead, astronauts use tortillas for their sandwich wraps. The classic flatbread tortilla has been enjoyed in Central America for thousands of years, but did you know the name “tortilla” means “little cake” in Spanish? Now, they’re enjoyed all over the world in various types of dishes!
Why Our Bodies Love Them
Tortillas contain iron (which helps deliver oxygen to our bodies cells), B vitamins (for blood cell production and converting food into energy), manganese (for protein digestion and carbohydrate metabolism), and potassium (which regulates fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve impulses). Whole wheat tortillas are packed with fiber and energizing carbohydrates, too! It’s recommended that we make half of our grains whole, because they help protect against heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers.
Choosing the Right Tortilla
There are plenty of different flavors, shapes, and sizes of tortillas available at most grocery stores. Look for tortillas that have “whole wheat” as their first listed ingredient. To make sure your tortillas are fresh, bend and flex the package. If the tortillas stick together, move on to the next option. Avoid tortillas that are too moist (look for condensation on the inside of the bag) or too flaky and crumbly (meaning they’re expired).
Storing and Preparation
Store bought tortillas that are kept tightly sealed in the refrigerator can last up to two weeks. For longer storage, pop them into the freezer where they will last several months. While it’s convenient to grab a package at the store, nothing beats the taste of homemade whole wheat tortillas! Heres how! While you’re at it, check out these delicious, kid-created recipes that use whole wheat tortillas.