A little more Chipotle info


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I wrote Chipotle about soybean and sugar content, and wanted to share the reply in case anyone else found it useful. This is from a consultant at Chipotle:

"Our allergen information is 100% correct and our only meat that doesn't contain soybean oil is our carnitas meat. If you need to know about any other foods that we serve that have soy in them, you can find that info on our nutrition page. As for sugar, we actually do not add sugar to any of our food choices on our menu. We do use a small amount of honey (two tablespoons per 40 pounds) in our chicken and steak marinade at restaurants using the flat-top grills. We also have honey in our vinaigrette. That's it. We don't use sugar or any other sweeteners of any kind in any other food item we serve. However, we do use sugar in our sweet tea that you can find in some our our restaurants down South."

Sooooo, if you eat out at Chipotle, looks like the only safe choice is a salad with mild salsa, carnitas, and guacomole (no dressing). I confess I was hoping to find out that the steak was legal, but t'aint so. I did have the combination for lunch today, and it was tasty.

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Soooooo upset. Because, I knew that Carnitas was the only meat allowed, but I asked at Chipotle the other day and of the employees said the Barbocoa or however it's spelled does not contain the Soy Bean oil, so I had that and the Carnitas. That would probably mean I have to start over..again..but someone please chime in.

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I wrote Chipotle about soybean and sugar content, and wanted to share the reply in case anyone else found it useful. This is from a consultant at Chipotle:

" if you eat out at Chipotle, looks like the only safe choice is a salad with mild salsa, carnitas, and guacomole (no dressing). I confess I was hoping to find out that the steak was legal, but t'aint so. I did have the combination for lunch today, and it was tasty.

I have to say, this sounds really good. I've never had the carnitas there but love their guac. Maybe a trip is in order ;)

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Soooooo upset. Because, I knew that Carnitas was the only meat allowed, but I asked at Chipotle the other day and of the employees said the Barbocoa or however it's spelled does not contain the Soy Bean oil, so I had that and the Carnitas. That would probably mean I have to start over..again..but someone please chime in.

Did you get a response to this? You could put the question in troubleshooting if not. I don't think you have to start over, but can't say so with conviction...

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Did you get a response to this? You could put the question in troubleshooting if not. I don't think you have to start over, but can't say so with conviction...

It's always best to question the corporate office over the employees at the restaurant. They often don't really know, but corporate HAS to know..at least in Oregon.

Kevin, I would send a Mod a private message to ask if you should start over, but my gut tells me no, but what do I know. :)

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Soooooo upset. Because, I knew that Carnitas was the only meat allowed, but I asked at Chipotle the other day and of the employees said the Barbocoa or however it's spelled does not contain the Soy Bean oil, so I had that and the Carnitas. That would probably mean I have to start over..again..but someone please chime in.

If you just ate it the one time I'd just keep going...I don't think it will upset your reset like eating dairy or gluten would.

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Oh no! The fajitas veggies has soy?! I always added that to the carnitas salad. Dang!

Can I just complain for the record about something else, label-wise? I went to the grocery store to buy some protein because I had accidentally left mine unrefrigerated too long in a hot car... and I asked the deli lady if there was any sugar, grain flour of any kind or soy on what they put on the baked chicken, and she went back and checked, said "nope!" and read off the spices, and then after I bought it I saw that the 3rd ingredient was brown sugar and the 6th was corn flour. WTF?! So mad... I peeled the skin off and didn't eat the top layer of the chicken. Since I'm going to do 90 days, I'm not really worried about re-setting. I'm just going to keep going!! My fajitas veggies last weekend takes another day off too, anyways, so whatever. :) Onward! Other than this, I've been doing pretty well.

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Yeah, to repeat myself and backup slw600, it's just a salad with ONLY carnitas, salsa (I've only researched the mild, but I think some of the others are also okay), an guac on it. That's entirely totally all you can eat at Chipotle. I believe it's legal to eat the identical combination at Qdoba, but I haven't thoroughly researched that yet.

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You get that there is very little that is compliant at Chopotle correct? I think it's just the pork and a couple of the salsas.

Yes - went there today and got the salad with carnitas, guac and mild salsa. It was great to be out! I was surprised how large the portions were. Next time I'll ask for more lettuce to balance out all the meat and guac....or see if someone wants to share some of the guac.

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Yes - went there today and got the salad with carnitas, guac and mild salsa. It was great to be out! I was surprised how large the portions were. Next time I'll ask for more lettuce to balance out all the meat and guac....or see if someone wants to share some of the guac.

It sounds like a perfect meal! Boy it's hard to find compliant foods at Mexican type restaurants. :)

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We eat at Chipotle a lot, and I'd never had the carnitas before starting Whole30 - I was happily surprised at how good they were. And double-guac-ing the salad meant I had some to scrape off and eat the next day with something else. LOL! Definitely bummed about the fajita veg, since I love them.
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So the chicken has sugar in it????

All the meats EXCEPT the carnitas have soy in them. I don't believe they have sugar except for a miniscule amount in restaurants that use "a flat top grill", whatever that is. For Whole30 purposes, carnitas are the only thing you can eat. Post Whole30, I don't know that I'd worry about the tiny amount of sugar. Probably more relevant to decide whether you're sensitive to soy.

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