David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding co-authored a series of books called “Eat This, Not That”, which outlines what you should and should not be eating when eating out. Today we cover Chipotle, a seemingly easy and healthy choice when faced with a fast food lunch. However, David and Matt give it a C– (worse than McDonald’s!) and say only with a careful selection and small portions can you eat healthy here.
“There are only a few bad items on Chipotle’s menu: the 290-calorie flour tortillas, the 130-calorie servings of white rice, and the 570-calorie portions of chips. Unfortunately, with Chipotle’s pared-down menu, these are the staple comestibles that form the backbone to most meals. Without realizing it, the careless customer can easily construct a thousand-calorie burrito. Drop some chips alongside it, and the meal reaches dangerous levels of calories, fat, and sodium. Still, Chipotle gets bonus points for using responsible, sustainable purveyors like Niman Ranch to fill out their fridges.”
Survival Strategy: Chipotle assures us that they’ll make anything a customer wants, as long as they have the ingredients. With fresh salsa, beans, lettuce, and grilled vegetables, you can do plenty of good. Unfortunately, with 13-inch tortillas, cheese, and huge scoops of white rice, you can do plenty of harm, too. Stick to one of our 450-calorie favorites: Three crispy tacos with carnitas, black beans, lettuce, and fresh salsa.
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