Fast-casual eateries, including Chipotle, do not offer full table service but promise a higher quality of food and atmosphere in fast food restaurants. According to Bloomberg, fast-casual has became the fastest growing category in the restaurant business. In 2012, fast-casual eateries boosted sales of 13% in the United States, which was doubled than the sales growth of fast food chains including McDonald’s. In Canada, fast-casual segment accounted for about 3% to 5% of all restaurant traffic in Canada in 2013, up from 1% five years ago according to market research firm NPD.
Chipotle pioneers the fast-casual category. The restaurant sources organic and local produce when practical and use dairy from cows raised without the use of synthetic hormones. In addition, the restaurant support and sustain family farmers who respect the land and the animals in their care.
Having said that, do food serve at fast-casual establishments healthier than typical fast food restaurants? In this episode of “Health Facts Monday,” we will compare the calories on food served at Chipotle and McDonald’s.
1) Salad (McD WINS)!!
Chipotle’s Chicken with Black Beans, Fajita Vegetables, Fresh Tomatoes Salsa and Vinaigrette – 620 calories
McDonald’s Cashew Teriyaki Salad with Crispy Chicken – 400 calories (SCORE)
2) Burrito vs Wrap (Chipotle WINS)!!
Chipotle’s Flour Tortilla Burrito with Chicken and Fajita Vegetable, Fresh Tomato Salsa and Romaine Lettuce – 525 calories (SCORE)
McDonald’s Chicken & Bacon Signature McWrap® with Crispy Chicken – 600 calories
3) Burrito Bowl vs Wrap (Chipotle WINS)!!
Chipotle’s Steak Burrito with Chicken and Fajita Vegetable, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Cheese and Romaine Lettuce – 335 calories (SCORE)
McDonald’s Steak ’N Caesar Signature McWrap® – 560 calories
4) Taco vs Burger (McD WINS)!!
Chipotle’s Soft Flour Tortilla with Steak and Fajita Vegetable, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa, Cheese and Romaine Lettuce – 670 calories
McDonald’s Quarter Pounder® BLT – 620 calories (SCORE)
5) Taco vs Burger (McD WINS)!!
Chipotle’s Soft Corn Tortilla with Steak and Fajita Vegetable, Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa, Cheese and Romaine Lettuce – 605 calories
McDonald’s Big Mac® Sandwich – 540 calories (SCORE)
WHAT? McDonald’s food are healthier than Chipotle?
Well! Since you are able to assemble your burrito/taco/salad/burrito bowl at Chipotle, therefore it all depends on what filling and toppings you choose. For instance, three soft flour tortilla with softritas have only 605 calories if you top them with corn salsa, tomato salsa, cheese and romaine lettuce, which is lower than the calories of McDonald’s Quarter Pounder® BLT.
Ultimately, make sure you know what you order when you are at Chipotle next time!
Have you been to Chipotle before? What do you like to order when you eat there? Post your comments! Till next time!