Chipotle Mexican Grill makes some of the best tasting burritos in the world – unfortunately, they’re not always the healthiest option available.
With their neat-o flash website, unconventional marketing, and commitment to natural foods, Chipotle restaurant projects and ultra-hip image. For this reason, many people are surprised to learn that Chipotle is actually owned by the McDonald’s corporation. In what must be a carefully calculated marketing strategy, Chipotle has made it difficult for consumers to learn the nutritional value of most of their menu items. In fact, one consumer reports receiving the following response when requesting nutritional information from the company:
‘Unfortunately, sorry, we have never performed any analyses of our food to determine nutritional information at this time. If you or your website clients have a specific allergy or food intolerance or the like, then I would be happy to help y’all with the ingredients.’
Fortunately, the good folks at Chipotlefan.com make it easy to estimate the nutritional value of a Chipotle burrito with this nifty Chipotle Nutrition Calculator. Here are the stats for my favorite, a steak burrito with black beans, rice, cheese, sour cream, 2 sauces and lettuce:
Wow, 49g of fat and 1280 calories! Not to even mention that the Sodium content is well over the USDA recommended maxiumu of 2400 mg per day.
How does your burrito rate?