You might not expect a burrito to be a low-calorie food, much less one from Chipotle that comes out weighing roughly the same as a newborn baby if you play your cards right. But three angry Californians say that they were so shocked when they realized that the Mexican-American chain's vaguely advertised chorizo burrito probably had a lot more than the listed 300 calories that they have banded together to file a class-action lawsuit against the burrito chain.
According to the suit, one of the plaintiffs walked into Chipotle and specifically picked out the chorizo burrito after seeing it listed as having only 300 calories, notes My News LA. But it was only after eating the whole entire thing that the complainant "felt excessively full and realized that the burrito couldn't have been just 300 calories."
Before you judge these people too harshly, take a look at what they had to work with:
"Consumers are lulled into a false belief that the items they are eating are healthier than they really are," the suit says.
Chipotle's calorie calculator lists just the chorizo as having 300 calories, the same as their flour tortillas -- so you start with 600 calories before adding fixings, like the white rice, black beans and tomato salsa advertised in the picture, which will run you up about 955 calories. And let's be real, you're probably getting fajita veggies, sour cream, cheese, guac and corn salsa too. Funny enough, chorizo is actually far and away the most calorie-laden protein listed.
Even Chipotle reps themselves have admitted that the chain struggles to comply with the Affordable Care Act that requires big chains to list calories for all their dishes, notes TIME. Part of that is because there are some 60,000 different ways to put an order together.
"The degree to which people may misestimate calories is really a product of a menu labeling law that doesn’t work so well for a restaurant like ours," said Chipotle Communications Director Chris Arnold, according to TIME. "Putting calorie counts on things is super easy when it's a packaged product and it's made exactly the same every time or it's a restaurant where you order a number one and always get exactly the same thing."
To be honest though, if E. coli couldn't keep you away from the famed burritos, we have a feeling that a slightly confusing list of calories won't either.