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Tortillas, how evil are they?

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How evil are tortillas?

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695 · December 22, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Corn tortillas aren't perfect, but passing up good tacos because of a couple of them would be the greater evil. Sure there are better options, like doing a lettuce wrap, rice torts, or turning your tacos into a salad, but that's not what you asked.

If you've had the rest of your diet locked down for a while and can handle a small cheat without spiraling into a week-long binge, I say eff the Paleonazis and enjoy your corn tort tacos with a NorCal margarita.

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6491 · December 22, 2010 at 9:12 PM

A TORTILLA KILLED MY DOG WHILE WORSHIPPING SATAN. EVIL.

But seriously, flour ones are bad gluten juju and should absolutely be avoided. Corn tortillas are not good for you, but are not a horrible, horrible "cheat" (though nasty, rancid oil-fried tortilla chips are a bad idea, no matter how delicious). If you can get traditionally fermented corn tortillas (you will probably have to make these yourself unless you live in Chiapas, etc. or hang out with persons of indigenous Mesoamerican descent), those are OK by me. Some people make coconut "tortillas" which I haven't tried and which sound weird.

In summary: flour = chaotic evil; corn = neutral evil; fermented corn = chaotic good?; coconut = unknown, possible lawful good

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2557 · December 23, 2010 at 1:07 AM

The traditional preparation of corn before cooking is soaking in an alkaline solution, this is called nixtamalization which frees up the niacin in the corn. Nixtamalized cornmeal is called masa. When Europeans began growing corn as a staple food without this, they developed the terrible deficiency disease pellagra. Of course, pellagra is only a problem if you base most of your diet off corn.

Evil? No. But I don't use such words for any food. There could be evil people involved in production of any food, but I don't think you could say corn is evil, unless it's been spliced with octopus DNA, then it is an abomination....

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1852 · February 07, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I would avoid both. These, however, taste awesome and are totally paleo: http://paleograd.blogspot.com/2011/02/paleo-corn-tortillas.html

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2280 · December 23, 2010 at 1:47 AM

seeing as how most corn these days is genetically modified and most likely wheat, too - both are evil in my book

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1344 · December 22, 2010 at 10:31 PM

I was in a Mexican restaurant this weekend. We consciously try to be Paleo and Gluten free, but I do allow the kids non glutinous grains. I ordered corn tortillas for their meal, as I usually do, and I told the waitress that we were avoiding Gluten. Out ran the chef and said that all tortillas, including corn, had flour in them as a binder. Wondering how many other mexican restaurants do this?

Most corn is GMO, so maybe better to avoid it all anyway.

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3854 · December 23, 2010 at 4:04 AM

The only problem with anything 'corn' nowadays is one is not sure if it is Monsanto monster GMO corn. I would be specially wary of anything GMO.

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470 · December 23, 2010 at 3:59 AM

real tortillas are made with lard, water, flour (corn or wheat). They are super easy to make at home, and millions of people make them daily.

I would go for corn ones, myself, and use home-grown corn, preferably sprouted. I can make a batch of 2 dozen in about 20 minutes.

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7300 · December 22, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Corn is probably fine in moderation. My uncle is colombian, and makes the best arepas. Fried in lard, of course.

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596 · May 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

http://www.againstallgrain.com/2011/05/04/grain-free-tortillas/

i've tried myself and along with rice sheets(which are absolutely divine with some vegetables and homemade pesto) and they pretty good!! :D

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11157 · May 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Depends how much refried beans you put in them. Parp.

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56 · May 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

What about spinach tortillas?

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2417 · May 06, 2012 at 3:19 AM

I think tortillas are probably empty calories and GMO delivery devices. But damn, they can be good, and on the occasion when I hit my local taco truck, I really don't feel all that guilty.

The GMO thing bothers me more than the non-paleo thing. I've got to find organic masa or learn to make my own...

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0 · May 05, 2012 at 11:14 PM

The corn tortillas I made this evening were made with masa, water, and salt. That's it. No lard, no weird ingredients...just those three. They were fried on an ungreased skillet (which you would want in any case). I've been gluten free for a while and am just starting to research paleo - but wanted to call out that corn tortillas are not necessarily made with lard.

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425 · December 23, 2010 at 2:54 AM

I occasionally will make corn tortillas, but this is getting rarer as I'm starting to lose my taste for them. I wouldn't call it "healthy," but I know what's all in it and so I'm more comfortable with it than buying corn tortillas at the store. Taste better, too.

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5216 · December 22, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Rice flour tortillas are okay by me. I try not to do flour or corn.

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3428 · December 22, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Wheat-Flour tortillas are awful for your health, even worse than bread because typically their oil is horrible. Corn tortilla are not good either but if they are made with a decent oil they may not be that bad, perhaps just a little worse than having white rice.

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3747 · December 22, 2010 at 9:21 PM

They're are the fruits of the devil. (+1 to cynarin)

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