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8 Scary Fast Food Burritos

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8 Scary Fast Food Burritos

By Vicki Santillano, DivineCaroline

Burritos have a lot of calories. That’s not exactly “news at eleven,” but even the most calorie-conscious among us would be surprised by how quickly the numbers add up between the flour-tortilla folds. Sure, we could cut out the shredded cheese and even the tortilla itself and save a few calories, but that’d be ignoring one important fact–life is short. Too short, in my opinion, to waste it worrying about the occasional foil-wrapped indulgence. (Unless “occasional” means multiple times a week, in which case you probably don’t give a flying fiesta bowl about calorie counts.) When it comes to burritos, I say go big or go home. And at these Mexican fast-food chains, it’s hard to do otherwise.

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10:02PM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Best thing to do: eat them in moderation (if you must) or better yet skip them altogether and make your own. Without all the processing and additives it's sure to be healthier no matter what ingredients you use or how you cook them.

9:46PM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Thank you :)

10:30PM PDT on May 7, 2013

Make your own it cuts out a lot of the Unhealthy salt.
Even better make it chicken! Give up the sours cream! Fix it your way!

10:41PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

chipoltle was the only one that looked good, though I only get the bowls...not that it's much better. :)

12:43PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

I too only eat at Chipotle , and then I eat like Heather. Healthy (outside of my home) eating to me is Loving Hut, I believe they are franchaised, but not sure, also they are concerned with the environment, and are all Vegan and even offer gluten free.

6:17AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

I simply cannot imagine who but a teenage boy (AKA hollow legged eating machine) or construction worker or similarly physically active person needs a one pound burrito (or could eat one)! Happily I make my own (occasional) burritos at home so I can control portions, salt and fat - and they taste great!

4:40PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

As with most things, moderation is the key. These giant burritos really could be cut in half and made into 2 meals. Most restaurants oversize their portions these days, too. My answer to that one is to only eat half and take half home for another meal to warm up for a lunch or dinner. So I think that the new legislation about posting the caloric level of their food is something that will help us all stay more aware of how many calories, fat grams, and sodium we are ingesting with some of these "grande" portions. If you don't see the nutrition information available or clearly posted, then you can always check their websites before going out to eat.

Moderation is the secret of survival.---Manly Hall

10:54AM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

I honestly don't consider Chipotle fast food. I never get the burrito, I stick with the hard tacos filled with rice, black beans, lettuce, salsa, and guacamole (600 calories, 19g of fiber, 14g of protein, 4g saturated fat). It is high in salt (50% for the day) and fat, but my other meals for the day reflect that (and the fat is mostly good fat, unsaturated too).

12:35PM PST on Feb 20, 2011

I can't believe the calorie and sodium counts! I had no idea burritos were so bad!

9:36PM PST on Nov 14, 2010

My stomach hurts just thinking about eating something like that.

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