Breaking Down: Chipotle’s New Protein Option

Chipotle takes up smoked brisket | 2020-11-30 | MEAT+POULTRY

During late September, Chipotle locations around the United States started offering a new meat option; Smoked Brisket. After testing around Ohio and California for almost two years, the message was broadcasted. Chipotle would be changing their protein options, for the first time since Carne Asada.

CMO Chris Brandt says, “We’ve created a differentiated Smoked Brisket recipe that is authentic to our menu and pairs flawlessly with our real ingredients,”. Smoked Brisket is the third innovation that the fast food giant has released this year, along with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, and a Hand-Crafted Quesadilla.

Most critics have a positive opinion on the Smoked Brisket, but when you look at the nutrition information, you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether this is a smart protein option. A serving of smoked brisket totals to 360 calories, crushing the two most common protein options; chicken at 180 calories, and steak at 150 calories. 22 grams of protein puts it just above steak, which tallies in at 21 grams. The 5 grams of sugar come from the brisket sauce. The most surprising fact in your Chipotle brisket journey is the 27 grams of fat in one serving. For comparison, a serving of steak contains only 6 grams. Eating a burrito with Smoked Brisket takes up over 60% of your Daily Value of fat. The 27 grams of fat is the deciding factor in whether a consumer decides to go with the brisket or not.

At the end of the day, unhealthy and fatty meats are okay to eat in moderation. Fats are essential for body growth throughout your life, but remember to stick to the healthier fats. Stay healthy!

Breaking Down: Big Mac

The Big Mac is the most popular burger in the world. Each year, 550 million of these burgers are produced and consumed. In this post, the true value of the Big Mac will be discovered. Read on.

The Big Mac is a large burger, weighing in at 225 grams. It contains 2 beef patties, 3 buns, a slice of American cheese, pickles, onions, lettuce, and Big Mac sauce. This burger is high in fats and sodium, taking up half of your suggested daily value! It’s 11 grams of saturated fat is 53% of your daily value, along with the 1010 milligrams of sodium, which is almost 30% of your daily value. There are decent levels of iron, weighing in at 4.4 mg. There is almost no nutritional value, though there are small amounts of calcium, potassium, and fiber.

At McDonald’s, the retail price of a Big Mac is $3.99, which is a low price for a burger. There are other factors to calculate, such as methods used to get the ingredients, the preservatives and chemicals in the food, and the general advisory not to consume these burgers regularly, buying this burger is a slight of a dilemma. At the end of the day, you need to decide between a healthier lifestyle, or saving a few bucks on a burger. Stay healthy!