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Should you eat it? Chipotle

May 26th, 2010 | no comments

Yes and no!  Some of the menu selections at Chipotle can be nutritious while others, quite frankly, can be a calorie-counter’s worst nightmare.  Your best bet is to “go naked”.  Wait…let me clarify!  I want you to wear clothes,  just order the burrito without the tortilla.  In other words, order a “Burrito Bol”.  What’s wrong with the tortilla?  It is made with “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils”, otherwise known as trans fats.  These fats are very dangerous to not only your heart health, but also your brain health.  The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1% of your total calories come from trans fats (for a 2000 calorie diet, that’s only 2 grams of trans fat ).  Yes, they are that bad for you!  The 13″ tortilla itself counts as 3.5 servings of bread and has:  290 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 670 mg of sodium. We haven’t even gotten to the filling yet!  Here’s what a typical fully-loaded burrito weighs in at (caution:  you will never look at these innocent burritos the same way again!):

Chipotle Burrito with chicken, rice, pinto beans, tomato salsa, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole:

Calories:  1125; Fat:  51 grams (20 grams of saturated fat); Cholesterol:  190 mg; Sodium:  2390 mg; Carbohydrate:  104 grams; Fiber:  18 grams; Sugars:  9 grams; Protein:  61 grams

Order this instead and look at the difference:

Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bol with rice, black beans, tomato salsa, lettuce, and just a sprinkle of cheese:

Calories: 515; Fat:  15.5 grams (5.5 grams of saturated fat); Cholesterol:  130 mg; Sodium:  1330 mg; Carbohydrate:  51 grams; Fiber:  11 grams; Sugars:  6 grams; Protein:  42 grams

Ahhhh much better don’t you think?  Oh, one more warning…those crunchy, irresistible tortilla chips?  One bag will cost you 570 calories and 27 grams of fat!  Eat the burrito bol, be happy, and skip the chips!

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