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Why Your Chipotle Habit Is Probably Worse For You Than You Think

There's a reason you need a nap after eating this.
There’s a reason you need a nap after eating this. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Another reason why it’s time to stop comparing every fast-casual concept to Chipotle: A data crunch by the Upshot reveals that most people’s orders are truly unhealthy. In fact, the typical order weighs in at about 1,070 calories — more than half the total number of calories a person is supposed to eat in a fully day

That’s not all the bad news: The data suggests that most Chipotle orders also come with a full day’s recommended amount of of sodium, plus 75 percent of the amount of saturated fat.

One of the major culprits is the tortilla, of course, which clocks in at 300 calories. And once meat, cheese, sour cream, rice — all the fun stuff — get added, your lunch can easily cross 1,000 calories. It’s not like Chipotle’s billed as health food, after all, but the data is still quite horrifying.


Your Chipotle Habit Is Worse Than You Think