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Average Chipotle Meal Accounts for Half of Daily Calories

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The newest fast food trend is “fast casual,” or, a restaurant not offering table service but still promising a higher quality of food. These restaurants typically offer customizable orders, catering to the specific preference of the customer.

Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) is a master of fast casual. With sales surpassing $1 billion per quarter with a $20 million market capital, according to Fortune, the Mexican grill food chain is seemingly unstoppable.

Along with Chipotle’s tremendous popularity and customer loyalty comes with the notion that the food served is considerably healthy. Some factors contributing to this is the restaurant’s promise of “food with integrity.”

For example, Chipotle does not serve meat that has been treated with hormones; they also serve vegetables grown sustainably. Often, according to Fortune, customers confuse these practices with health.

The caloric value of an average Chipotle meal is around 1,070, almost half of the recommended amount for adults, Fortune reported. Further, most of the meals contained a full day’s worth of sodium and 75 percent of the daily-recommended amount of saturated fat for adults.

To give these numbers some perspective, two Big Macs from McDonald’s contain 1,060 calories, a Double Stack Cheeseburger and medium fries from Wendy’s contain 840 calories, and a Nachos Supreme, crunchy taco and a Doritos Locos Taco contains 780 calories, The Atlantic reported.

One way to combat these immense calorie numbers is to cut out the tortilla, which individually accounts for 300 calories. Instead, opt for a burrito bowl, which, according to The New York Times, is one of the most popular items on the menu.

Other ways of cutting the numbers when ordering is skipping customizable items like cheese and guacamole and using vegetables as a base instead of chicken or beef.