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The Nutrition of McDonald's Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap

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author image Natalie Stein
Natalie Stein specializes in weight loss and sports nutrition. She is based in Los Angeles and is an assistant professor with the Program for Public Health at Michigan State University. Stein holds a master of science degree in nutrition and a master of public health degree from Michigan State University.

Chicken snack wraps from McDonald's consist of a flour tortilla with chicken, shredded lettuce, shredded Jack and cheddar cheeses and either a honey mustard, chipotle BBQ or ranch flavor sauce. Grilled chicken snack wraps are lower in fat and calories than Angus or crispy chicken snack wraps, and you may be able to work these small sandwiches into your overall balanced diet without going over your calorie limit -- especially if you order them without high-calorie sides or beverages.

Overall Nutrition

McDonald's snack wraps with grilled chicken have 260 to 270 calories in each 120 to 125 g serving. They have 80 to 90 calories from fat, or about one-third of the total calories from fat. Each snack wrap has 18 g protein and 26 to 28 g total carbohydrates. The Ranch snack wrap has 2 g of sugars, and the Honey Mustard and Chipotle BBQ wraps have 4 to 5 g sugars. They each have 1 g of dietary fiber, or 5 percent of the daily value.

Fat and Cholesterol

Each of the grilled chicken snack wraps provides 9 to 10 g total fat, with 3.5 to 4 g of saturated fat, or about 20 percent of the daily value for this cholesterol-raising fat. Chicken dishes, including chicken sandwiches, are major sources of unhealthy fats in the average American diet, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Unlike the Angus snack wraps from McDonald's, the chicken snack wraps do not contain unhealthy trans fats. They have 45 mg cholesterol each; a healthy adult should not have more than 300 mg of cholesterol per day.

Sodium

The Honey Mustard grilled chicken snack wrap has 800 mg of sodium, and the Chipotle BBQ and Ranch flavors have 830 mg. A high-sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure and increase your risk for stroke or kidney disease. Healthy adults should not have more than 2,300 mg sodium per day, and adults with high blood pressure or risk factors for heart disease should stay under 1,500 mg, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Minerals and Vitamins

Calcium is an essential mineral for bone health, and each of the grilled chicken snack wraps from McDonald's provides 10 percent of the daily value. They also have 10 percent of the daily value for iron, which supports healthy red blood cells. Most of the calcium comes from the cheese blend and the flour tortilla; the chicken and the tortilla supply the iron in the wrap. These chicken snack wraps have 2 to 4 percent of the daily value for vitamins A and C.

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