“Burritos are a humongous calorie bomb,” says registered dietitian Alicia Romano. “You’re not only eating an abundance of calories, but you’re pushing sodium that’s greater than half of your daily intake.” In fact, one burrito can have up to 5650 kilojoules and 2590 milligrams of sodium. And it’s not the ingredients themselves that are too terrible for you, it’s the large quantities of rice and meats like the carnitas drenched in salty seasonings that overload your meal with carbs, kilojoules, fat, and sodium. Instead, Romano swaps out the burrito for a burrito bowl with half a serving of brown rice, half a serving of beans, grilled chicken, and a small serving of tomato salsa, which cuts your kilojoules down to just 1675! And try to skip the guac, which adds an additional 960 kilojoules. Read on to discover more foods nutritionists never order at fast food restaurants.
Nutritionists usually avoid selecting pastries and baked goods like muffins at fast food joints because they’re packed with bad fats like saturated fats and trans fats, a major contributor to obesity and diabetes. When registered dietitian Ilana Muhlstein needs a quick breakfast pick-me-up at Starbucks, she never orders the apple bran muffin. “Bran, matcha, and chai are buzzy words that people immediately associate as being healthy,” says Mulhstein. “It’s so deceiving because they’re typically not.” In fact, the apple bran muffin has more fat and kilojoules than the plain bagel at Starbucks.
Hazelnut frappuccinos may be your daily morning caffeine fix, but nutritionists make sure they stay away from any of the sugary, blended beverages. “If you buy a tall hazelnut frappuccino at Starbucks, you can drink it in under five minutes with the lack of satisfaction and satiation,” says Muhlstein. “It has 45 grams of carbohydrates, it’s purely added sugar and artificial ingredients.”