Salt Assault #3: Chipotle


An order of a Chipotle burrito with chorizo, white rice, pinto beans, fresh tomato salsa, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, and romaine lettuce has 3,290 milligrams (mg) of sodium—almost one-and-a-half times the daily sodium limit (2,300 mg a day) for healthy adults.

A diner who eats that entrée along with half order of chips and fresh tomato salsa could end up swallowing 3,780 mg, or more than one-and-a-half days’ worth, of sodium.

This burrito meal isn’t the only problem with Chipotle—it’s the entire menu.  Sodium levels are high for the typical entrée in each category: burritos (2,700 mg), burrito bowls (2,010 mg), tacos (1,540 mg), and salads (2,590 mg).  Adding half a typical order of chips & dip tacks on an additional 400 mg of sodium to each meal.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans says that many adults can consume up to 2,300 mg of sodium, but adults with prehypertension and hypertension (about two-thirds of all adults) would do well to limit their consumption to 1,500 mg per day.

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