Chipotle is a sorority girl staple. It’s the punchline to every joke. It’s a trip we take when we don’t feel like making dinner, which maybe more often than we’d like to admit. We get burrito bowls because there’s no tortilla, which saves calories and carbs. Or does it?
A new study done by the University of South Carolina found that restaurants like Chipotle and Panera Bread can contain more calories than restaurants like McDonald’s and Taco Bell. *pause for gasps* The fast-casual restaurants had an average of 760 calories per meal while fast-food chains had an average of 561 calories. The culprit is all of the add-ons fast-casual restaurants offer. Guac may be a power food, but you can’t get power without some punch behind it. Bread bowls have got to be the sole reason for obesity in this country.
But if you consider the two options, McDonald’s may have less calories, but the quality of the food, or complete lack thereof, is what makes it less favorable to health-conscious customers. 200 calories of broccoli is better than 45 calories of M&Ms. So when you are thinking about going to McDonald’s because there are less calories, think of all the meat filler and unnatural ingredients that they use. Not that Panera or Chipotle are the face of healthy, organic eatery, but they have more options with wholesome ingredients. Because add-ons are just that, something you add on, you can choose not to and substitute it with something else. You could get an apple instead of bread, but let’s be real, you’re not dipping your apple in bread.
Either way, you’re either picking less calories or better food. It’s a win-win..