Is Chipotle Really Healthier Than McDonald’s?

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When we think of healthy fast food, many of us automatically think of fast food chains that don’t deep fry and have fresh, add-your-own items like popular chain, Chipotle. It seems as though the only thing Chipotle and McDonald’s have in common was that McDonald’s was an early investor in Chipoltle before they went public. But is a meal from Chipotle really all that much better for you than one from McDonald’s?

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Marketwatch takes a look and the findings are startling: One Chipotle burrito can be twice the calories of a Big Mac and have nearly a full day’s worth of calories. A burrito with chicken, white rice, black beans, fajita vegetables, tomatillo-green chili salsa, guacamole and cheese with a side order of chips is 1,695 calories — and has 690 milligrams of sodium. (Chipotle states 2,300 milligrams of sodium are the recommended limits for a 2,000 calorie daily diet.)