Takeaway wraps 'can have as many calories as a pizza'
A shop-bought wrap may seem like a healthy option but could contain almost 1,000 calories.
A Safefood study of nearly 240 takeaway wraps from 80 outlets around Ireland also found some wrap recipes provided almost three-quarters of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) of salt.
Calories for wraps ranged from 267 calories to 977 calories, while fat content could be anything from 6g to 59g. The survey also revealed that a chicken and salad wrap contained 49pc of an adult's GDA of salt. Meanwhile, a chicken tikka and salad wrap contained 54pc and a chicken and Caesar salad wrap contained 72pc.
Dr Marian Faughnan of Safefood said wraps should not always be seen as a virtuous choice.
"We know from research that one in three people believe wraps to be a healthier choice than a lunchtime sandwich but in reality, the average tortilla wrap on its own contains 149 calories, almost the same as two slices of bread, which contains 158 calories," she said.
And speaking on RTÉ Radio 1 after the report's release, Dr Faughnan compared the calorie count of certain wraps to that of a shop-bought cheese and tomato pizza.
Louise Reynolds, of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, said that she wasn't surprised by the findings, but stressed it is possible to make informed choices at the deli counter.
"Go for plainer veg, like lettuce and tomato, which is high in fibre and low in fat," she said. "Go easy on sauces - there are a lot more calories in them than you may realise."