Lawsuit: Chipotle Tricked Me Into Eating This 1,000-Calorie Burrito
What did you expect when the tortilla is already 300 calories?
At least three Chipotle customers are suing the ubiquitous burrito chain for allegedly misleading them into believing the brand's chorizo burritos are healthier than they are. According to Business Insider, the customers filed a class-action lawsuit against Chipotle in California last week, arguing that though Chipotle advertises its chorizo burrito as containing only 300 calories on signs inside the restaurant, the burrito in actuality contains more than 700 calories.
The editors over at Slate crunched some numbers and determined that the chorizo alone contains 300 calories, so by the time you add a tortilla and various other toppings, you're looking at closer to 1,050 calories total - yikes. Other savvy shoppers caught on to the deception (or mistake, depending on how you look at it) as well.
For its part, Chipotle clarified on Twitter that Slate's numbers are correct and that the signs refer specifically to the chorizo, not the entire burrito.
MyNewsLA.com reports that the suit, which alleges that the brand tricked consumers into a "false belief" that the food is healthier than it is, will cover all people who've purchased food from Chipotle in the past four years. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages and an injunction to prevent Chipotle from advertising with misleading nutritional information.
In the meantime, you don't have to give up Chipotle entirely, but if you're trying to watch your weight, try sticking to one carb (either the beans, rice, or tortilla - not all three) and go for steak for some protein (bonus: the steak has the least amount of sodium of all the options). Or follow these tips from nutritionist Keri Gans for a meal that's delicious but won't break the healthy eating bank.