Chipotle has been a part of my life since I moved to Denver with my burrito-loving parents, when I was just six months old and the chain was still just a toddler. I started eating Chipotle not long after that. Sometimes a lot of Chipotle.
Here's my standard order when I'm hungry: chicken burrito with white rice and pinto beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, corn salsa and fresh tomato salsa. I got one to go last week and weighed it on the Westword postal scale: It clocked in at 1 pound, 11.3 ounces.
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Using the calculator on Chipotle's own website (chipotle.com), I determined that my burrito contained a total of 1,135 calories. It had 41.5 grams of fat, 3,170 milligrams of sodium, 190 milligrams of cholesterol, 18 grams of saturated fat — and not a single gram of trans fat.
I ate the whole thing. For someone my size and age, most doctors recommend a 2,000-calorie daily diet, with no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 2,300 milligrams of sodium. So after my Chipotle meal, I still had room for a modest snack — but I was already over my recommended sodium intake by 1,100 milligrams.
I didn't care. I love Chipotle.