Of the two popular fast food meals, which would you rather take a bite from: A big mac and fries combo from McDonald’s or a burrito bowl from Chipotle? Under the impression that McDonald’s is unhealthy and Chipotle would be a smarter food choice, sales have significantly decreased in the past few months, clearly consumers are more in favor of healthier options.

Given the fact that America holds the world record for the highest obesity rates, this is good news – except that reality is consuming a day’s worth of calories is the not the least tricky at most fast-casual food establishments.

According to Josh Barro, Troy Griggs, David Leonhardt, and Claire Cain Miller who contributed at The New York Times, “Call these chains high-end fast food: Potbelly, Chipotle and Shake Shack have all succeeded in attracting customers who avoid the Burger Kings of the world. Potbelly emphasizes ‘fresh, simple ingredients.’ Chipotle says its food is locally grown and nutritious. Shake Shack has Danny Meyer’s imprimatur,”

In this article the Times reveals how easily calorie count sums up. Put it this way, Carnitas burrito from Chipotle is 945 calories, almost a half the daily nutritional allotment of a person. Add up an extra order of chips and guacamole at 770 calories and a soda at 276 calories, you’re calorie intake is maxed out. So if McDonald’s is unhealthy, rethink your food consumption at supposedly ‘healthier’ food establishments.

The authors also took into consideration the nutritional outcome of ordering meals from other diners like IHOP, Olive Garden, P.F. Chang’s, and Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Most of them noted low-calorie treats but in fact, a breakfast at IHOP sums up an astonishing calorie count. For example, the Classic Skillet meal with sausage add up to 1,880 calories coupled with an orange juice at 110 calories, you just consumed your daily calorie intake.

In the article, the authors write that while ‘McDonald’s is unhealthy’ and may opt for something less fattening like Chipotle’s best-selling burrito to eliminate the 300-calorie flour tortilla, “But unless you’re going out of your way to minimize calories at these restaurants, you’re likely to eat far more than a meal is supposed to have.”

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