Why Chipotle is Making You Fat


While we already know that guacamole at Chipotle is extra, most people don’t know that the burrito or bowl they’re eating has over 1,000 calories.


What has turned into a phenomenon (cue: “I’m in Love with Chipotle“) has also turned into monstrous levels of sodium and saturated fat.

In a recent article by The New York Times, the author points out that Chipotle offers a wide variety on its menu. You could easily walk in the restaurant everyday of the week and order something different. But, while you can mix up your order, a typical burrito including a meat, cheese, salsa, lettuce, rice, sour cream, and beans can easily reach or surpass 1,000 calories.

While it’s no surprise that Chipotle’s ingredients can add up, it might shock you that only 5% of 3,000 meals ordered on Grubhub had 545 calories or fewer.

Chris Arnold, Chipotle’s communications director, said the company is aware of the nutrition in all its ingredients, but doesn’t track information about each order.

“We don’t manage our menu around individual nutrients,” he said.

Arnold declined to share any data but, pointed out a few facts.

  1. The most common protein ordered is chicken.
  2. The most common “vessel” is a burrito bowl rather than a burrito tortilla or taco.
  3. The most common salsa is fresh tomato.

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One in four dishes approaches 1,400 calories usually because of a side item: chips and salsa, extra guacamole, or a sugary fountain drink. Based on a 2,000-calorie daily food plan, that’s almost all of your calories in one meal. So, unless you’re not eating for the rest of the day, you may want to guess again while ordering the extra guac.

If that doesn’t make you rethink your meal, Happy, Healthy, Life recommends these tips on how to save calories while eating at Chipotle.

  1. Ban the 3 C’s: Sour Cream, Cheese, and Chips.
  2. If you can’t order hard tacos or a bowl, order a burrito but, don’t eat all of the tortilla. A flour tortilla is 290 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 670 mg of sodium.
  3. Add the fajita veggies to fill your meal at only 20 calories per 3.5 ounce serving.
  4. Combining beans and rice is a great way to get added protein for less fat.
  5. Last, but not least, opt for the Green Tomatillo salsa which is low in sodium and calories.

All infographics created and owned by the New York Times.


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