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Are Tacos Healthy? Yes, and These 4 Recipes Prove It

Best Health Logo By Jackie Newgent, The Healthy of Best Health | Slide 1 of 20: When a food has a dedicated day-of-the-week hashtag, you know that food is "hot." You definitely can't scroll through Instagram or TikTok on a #tacotuesday without seeing oodles of tagged taco posts. Tacos may be going through a revival today, but traditional tacos date back hundreds of years ago in Mexico. They arrived in the U.S. around the early 20th century. The first Taco Bell opened in California in 1962. Sustainability-focused Chipotle came along in 1993. The taco—in all of its tastebud-pleasing forms—has been a rising star since. It's easy to understand tacos' popularity. They're relatively simple to fix, fun to eat (no utensils required), and they (usually) taste great. But are they good for you? Here's what makes a taco more or less healthy, how to create a balanced taco, and some healthy taco recipes to try, according to registered dietitians. (Related: 24 Plant-Based Dinner Recipes to Make in Quarantine and Beyond)

Are Tacos Healthy?

When a food has a dedicated day-of-the-week hashtag, you know that food is "hot." You definitely can't scroll through Instagram or TikTok on a #tacotuesday without seeing oodles of tagged taco posts.

Tacos may be going through a revival today, but traditional tacos date back hundreds of years ago in Mexico. They arrived in the U.S. around the early 20th century. The first Taco Bell opened in California in 1962. Sustainability-focused Chipotle came along in 1993. The taco—in all of its tastebud-pleasing forms—has been a rising star since.

It's easy to understand tacos' popularity. They're relatively simple to fix, fun to eat (no utensils required), and they (usually) taste great. But are they good for you?

Here's what makes a taco more or less healthy, how to create a balanced taco, and some healthy taco recipes to try, according to registered dietitians.

(Related: 24 Plant-Based Dinner Recipes to Make in Quarantine and Beyond)

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