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Football-Sized Burritos at Fast-Food Mexican Restaurants Pack Caloric Punch
MSN ^ | September 30, 2003 | Jennifer Warner

Posted on 10/04/2003 11:50:04 AM PDT by traumer

Fresh-Mex Restaurant Chains Get Grilled

Football-Sized Burritos at Fast-Food Mexican Restaurants Pack Caloric Punch

Sept. 30, 2003 -- With slogans that tout how their oversized burritos are so big that they beep when they back up, perhaps the popular "fresh-Mex" fast-food chains should have seen the food police salivating.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the group that blew the whistle on the fat content of movie theater popcorn, Chinese food, and other fast-food restaurant fare, has now set its sights on the mushrooming Tex-Mex and fresh-Mex food chains, such as Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Rubio's, and La Salsa.

The group says the fast-growing McDonald's affiliated chain Chipotle doesn't disclose the fat or calorie content of its burritos. But independent laboratory analysis shows many of the massive burritos weigh in at more than 1,000 calories and 12 grams of fat...

(Excerpt) Read more at content.health.msn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catfood; fastfood; obesity
hmmm, yummy...
1 posted on 10/04/2003 11:50:04 AM PDT by traumer
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2 posted on 10/04/2003 11:51:26 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: traumer
Chipotle burritos are truly wonderful. I was shocked when I found out the chain is owned by McDonald's, purveyors of grey tasteless burger matter to the world.
3 posted on 10/04/2003 11:52:21 AM PDT by ikka
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To: traumer
Anything the liberals hate, I love. What's next Po' boys in New Orleans?
4 posted on 10/04/2003 11:52:57 AM PDT by cyborg (X-tra strength industrial grade tinfoil hat for maximum zottage)
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To: ikka
McDonald's, purveyors of grey tasteless burger matter to the world.

My theory? It's freeze-dried kangeroo meat

5 posted on 10/04/2003 11:55:26 AM PDT by WackyKat
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To: cyborg
H___ no! And they better keep their fingers out my seafood platter, or they'll be missing some.
6 posted on 10/04/2003 11:55:48 AM PDT by chemicalman (Rid the country of the vast liberal conspiracy)
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To: traumer
Great news. A 200# man can have a Chipolte burrito for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not gain any weight.
7 posted on 10/04/2003 11:55:53 AM PDT by connectthedots
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To: traumer
"The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI"), is that wacko left wing extremist group of nutballs that almost destroyed the apple industry by spreading false information about five years ago. The whole group needs a good dose of brain exlax!
8 posted on 10/04/2003 11:56:59 AM PDT by Highest Authority
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To: traumer
Never eat anything bigger than your head ...
9 posted on 10/04/2003 12:01:29 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: traumer
They'll have to take my menudo from my cold, dead, hand, with the spoon still cluched in it.
10 posted on 10/04/2003 12:02:55 PM PDT by snopercod ("leader" is English for "führer")
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To: John Jorsett
ROFL!
11 posted on 10/04/2003 12:03:31 PM PDT by snopercod ("leader" is English for "führer")
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To: traumer
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the group that blew the whistle on the fat content of movie theater popcorn, Chinese food, and other fast-food restaurant fare

These whining, leftist, do-gooders would be horrified if they paid a visite to Fatbuger (in L.A., on La Cienega). Their double king bacon egg cheese chili avocado burger with chili fries must have close to 2500 calories. .....and it sure is good.

12 posted on 10/04/2003 12:03:47 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: traumer
The only ethnic foods I will not eat are Mexican and Japanese.

Mexican : dog food.
Japanese: cat food.

'Nuff said.

13 posted on 10/04/2003 12:12:31 PM PDT by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: traumer
There's a joint in Minnesota called "Burritos as Big As Your Head". Absolutely wonderful burritos.
14 posted on 10/04/2003 12:17:43 PM PDT by zarf (..where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment?)
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To: connectthedots
The fact is:

A Chipotle burrito will never stay inside your body long enough for you to digest 25% of it's contents. The first half hour you are stuffed, a few hours later it's like you never ate (that is, if you make it to the can in time).

15 posted on 10/04/2003 12:25:18 PM PDT by kaboom
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To: traumer
Only 12 grams of fat? That's not a whole lot, I think a typical Big Mac has about 60 grams. It's probably sky high in carbs though.
16 posted on 10/04/2003 12:32:03 PM PDT by Brett66
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To: Mr. Mojo
...double king bacon egg cheese chili avocado burger ...

That sure sounds evil... and delicious.

17 posted on 10/04/2003 12:34:38 PM PDT by Ferret Fawcet ("A wise man's heart inclines him toward the Right, but a fool's heart...to the Left" ~Ecc. 10:2)
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To: traumer
The group says the fast-growing McDonald's affiliated chain Chipotle doesn't disclose the fat or calorie content of its burritos. But independent laboratory analysis shows many of the massive burritos weigh in at more than 1,000 calories and 12 grams of fat...

More than 1,000 cals and only 12 grams of fat? That must be one king-sized burrito.

18 posted on 10/04/2003 12:36:38 PM PDT by Pahuanui (When a foolish man hears of the Tao, he laughs out loud)
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To: traumer
I don't know what these things cost, but tenderloin steak retails at anywhere between $9 and $13 a pound. A half-pound steak, which is pretty much all lean and can be cut with a fork, pan-fried in olive oil, and a baked potato for about fifty cents, is a hell of a lot better, and probably cheaper.
19 posted on 10/04/2003 12:44:39 PM PDT by Agnes Heep
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To: boris
Which reminds me of a story about a friend's Siamese (sp?) cat that wandered into the yard of, shall we say an immigrant, never to be seen again. I hear he joined them for supper, if you catch my drift.
20 posted on 10/04/2003 12:48:54 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: zarf
There's another "Burritos as Big as Your Head" in Madison--or was a few years back. Great burritos AND really as big as your head :-))
21 posted on 10/04/2003 12:50:38 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: traumer
I hope the government hurries up and saves us from these killer burritos! NOT!
22 posted on 10/04/2003 12:55:36 PM PDT by NCjim
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To: boris
But you will eat snails, right?
23 posted on 10/04/2003 12:56:34 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get)
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To: traumer
Most of what we call Mexican food isn't going to be very healthy for you but if you see them using flour tortillas, it's not very genuine Mexican anyway. I think foods like posole, caldo de res, chile rellenos, and fresh corn tortillas --not fried -- with shredded meat and pico de gallo are good kinds of foods to eat.
24 posted on 10/04/2003 1:03:07 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: ikka
Urban legend suggests that there are no cats around the dumpsters at a Tex-Mex restaurants becasue they're in the meat, (are the meat!!?!!).

As A.E. Newman would say, "What! Me Worry!"

25 posted on 10/04/2003 1:04:14 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Catspaw
That's the La Bamba chain--found in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan too, maybe Kentucky. Mainly in college towns, I think. Tasty burritos and tortas, but I don't know what the calorie count is.
26 posted on 10/04/2003 1:27:38 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: traumer
Mexican food is fattening? Gosh, who knew?
27 posted on 10/04/2003 1:32:09 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: traumer

28 posted on 10/04/2003 1:37:36 PM PDT by paulklenk (DEPORT HILLARY!)
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To: Pahuanui
2 tablespoons of peanut butter (35g) has 17g of fat and 190 calories; must be a lot of bread in that burrito.
29 posted on 10/04/2003 1:53:11 PM PDT by Old Professer
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To: FITZ
Type II diabetes is endemic in Mexico.
30 posted on 10/04/2003 1:55:08 PM PDT by Old Professer
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To: boris
The only ethnic foods I will not eat are Mexican and Japanese.

Mexican : dog food.
Japanese: cat food.

'Nuff said.

Nope

Japanese: Cat Food
Mexican : CAT

But it tastes sooo good.

So9

31 posted on 10/04/2003 2:33:45 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (A Goldwater Republican)
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To: Old Professer
I know. Much of the food is really bad for you --- high fat and high carbs ----- but you can find authentic Mexican food that is healthy if you're careful. Besides once you see a flour tortilla, it's not all that authentic. I've been all over Mexico and you rarely see flour tortillas there.
32 posted on 10/04/2003 3:02:23 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: boris
The only ethnic foods I will not eat are Mexican and Japanese.

Mexican : dog food.

Japanese: cat food.

Another word for Sushi?

BAIT!

Mark

33 posted on 10/04/2003 3:57:07 PM PDT by MarkL (There's no place like 377.000.000.001 !!!)
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To: John Jorsett

34 posted on 10/04/2003 5:45:21 PM PDT by petuniasevan (Never feed your cat anything that clashes with the carpet!)
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To: traumer
With slogans that tout how their oversized burritos are so big that they beep when they back up, perhaps the popular "fresh-Mex" fast-food chains should have seen the food police salivating.

Unlike their willing dupes in the news media, Miss Jennifer Warner?

35 posted on 10/04/2003 5:49:43 PM PDT by Timesink (For a good time, visit clark2004.meetup.com. Ask for Mary!)
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To: Highest Authority
""The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI"), is that wacko left wing extremist group of nutballs that almost destroyed the apple industry by spreading false information about five years ago. The whole group needs a good dose of brain exlax!"

The CSPI is a Ralph Nader creation.

And they need only two reasons to slam any kind of food:

1. Somebody enjoys eating it.

2. Somebody is making a profit selling it.

If the answer to both of the above is "Yes", they're ag'in it.

36 posted on 10/04/2003 5:58:06 PM PDT by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: traumer
Barbacoa bump
37 posted on 10/04/2003 11:38:42 PM PDT by witnesstothefall
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To: traumer
Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Rubios and El Pollo Loco are my FAVORITE eating places.

What is unhealthy about beans, rice, cheeses, fresh vegetables and fruit (tomatos) and a small portion of lean meat (chicken, steak, pork-mexican style)?

So what if it is 800 to 1200 calories? I only eat that once per day, plus a healthy breakfast and grazing between those two meals. No alcohol, of course.

And an hour of aerobic exercize, daily. Stable weight and waist size for 20+ years.
38 posted on 10/04/2003 11:57:04 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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