Chipotle may be making you fat.
If you’re trying to lose weight before bikini season, then you may want to lay off of Chipotle. According to the New York Times, we are all eating tons of great, well seasoned, and fantastically priced fast food. But, here is what all of the data has to say about your favorite Chipotle meal:
The typical order at Chipotle has about 1,070 calories. That’s more than half of the calories that most adults are supposed to eat in an entire day. The recommended range for most adults is between 1,600 and 2,400.
That means the average meal at Chipotle has more calories than two Big Macs and that is not including all the extras. For example, Chipotle tacos and burritos add an additional hundred calories to your meal. But, calories is only the tip of the nutritional problem.
The distributions of two other metrics of a meal’s health—salt and saturated fat, shown in the charts below—are just as revealing. Most orders at Chipotle give you a close to a full day’s worth of salt (2,400 milligrams) and 75 percent of a full day’s worth of saturated fat.
The tortilla alone gets you to 300 calories.
The fresh tomato salsa, for example, has just 20 calories, but it has 210 milligrams of sodium – more salt than a 1 oz. bag of Lay’s potato chips.
Even smaller orders, like bowls or tacos, easily reach the threshold with a side of chips, which deliver 570 calories.
What kind of world do we live in if tomatoes are worse than a bag of potato chips?