A Sizzling Alarm Against Mexican Food - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/30/03

A Sizzling Alarm Against Mexican Food

Before you bite into another burrito, the Center for Science in the Public Interest wants you to know what's hiding inside that fresh-mex tortilla...and it's more than grilled meat and veggies. This time, the food police is warning consumers that "fresh" does not mean healthy.

Michael Jacobson, from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said that they found many burritos, nachos, quesadillas, and platters with more than 1,000 calories, a whole days worth of saturated fat and sodium.

Across the board, the CSPI says their nutrition investigation found the burrito is by far the biggest health bomb on the fresh-mex menu even if it's made out of chicken. Meanwhile, the restaurant association is sizzling over this, calling the report ridiculous and claiming that all foods in moderation can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

The CSPI adds that a burrito is okay if you make a few changes like cut the sour cream and cheese then either take off the tortilla or cut the burrito in half. They says that any of the fresh-mex chains offer entrees like the burrito - as a bowl - without the tortilla, which cuts off more than 300 calories. Stay away from the combo meals, which often pack in more than 1,000 calories, more than double that in sodium and close to 20 grams of fat.

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