A burrito the size of a baby

Well, maybe not a baby. The New York Times did a little calorie investigation on agriculture’s favorite (insert sarcasm) fast-casual restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill. In case you’ve been out of the loop, Chipotle has a bad rap for boasting responsible and sustainable food choices as a marketing scheme, while contradicting themselves at the same time. Their propaganda littered campaigns have a lot of American farmers and ranchers boycotting the restaurant chain, while cleaning up the trail of misinformation Chipotle leaves behind them.

But, let’s face it – Chipotle puts out a mean burrito, at least they did before I stopped eating there a few years ago. And that must still hold true due to their popularity with the average consumer.

According to the New York Times, the typical meal order from Chipotles tips the calorie counter scale at 1,070 calories.

“That’s more than half of the calories that most adults are supposed to eat in an entire day. The recommended range for most adults is between 1,600 and 2,400,” the article says. There is a line in Mean Girls where it is determined the reason why Gretchen Weiners’ hair is big is, “because it’s filled with secrets.”  Could this same philosophy be why Chipotle’s burritos are so calorie dense?

After receiving a lot of feedback on the article, NYT did a follow-up, explaining why they chose Chipotle to display, which was based off of convenience of obtaining information, their own personal curiosity since the editorial team frequents Chipotle, and because the restaurant chain, “is the standard-bearer for the rise of what are called fast-casual restaurants.”

Read through the online comments on the social media links on this Facebook thread. And more on this Reddit page.

“Can’t stop, won’t stop.” “I regret nothing. NOTHING.”

If the average consumer doesn’t care that they are shoving more than half of their daily calories down their throats in one sitting, does the average consumer really care if those calories come from a company marketing off propaganda?

Click here to read the original article by New York Times.  Click here to read the follow-up.

Lose weight, feel great?

For those of you who just set down your 1,000 plus calorie burrito, here are all the answers to your next diet venture from theguardian.com. The list of five diets have a couple mainstream nutrition plans such as low-carb and a no-sugar diet. But these three might have you scratching you head a little:

The potato diet – “Lord Byron reputedly lost 5st (31.75kg) in five years by eating potatoes drenched in vinegar. Unfortunately, he died at 36 of a fever so we don’t know whether he would have kept the weight off.”

While the potato diet probably won’t kill anyone, experts say it can cause a lack in essential nutrients a body needs.

The clay diet – “Shailene Woodley, 22-year-old star of Divergent, is a cheerleader for the diet, which involves stirring edible clay, such as bentonite, into water to drink. “Clay is great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes. And, this is crazy: it also helps clean heavy metals out of your body.”

Before you run out to the backyard or the closest craft store, The Foods Standards Agency urges people to not pursue a clay-based diet since high levels of arsenic and lead were found in some products.

The urine diet – “Drinking your own urine is an ancient yogic practice. The claim is that, combined with a strict diet and exercise regime, urine slows ageing, prolongs life and prevents wrinkles and grey hair. A diet that restricts calorie intake to 500 a day, combined with daily injections of urine from pregnant women, apparently led to a weight loss of 0.45kg a day.”

People who only eat 500 calories a day are going to lose weight, say experts, but drinking your own urine is worthless since the liver filters out any beneficial minerals during the digestion process.

Click here to read the full article. Seriously, some things you just can’t make up.

Feed truck paintbrush

“He’s like a conductor, who’s symphony hall is a pasture, or a choreographer, who’s dancers are of the four legged variety,” Lester Holt, NBC News.

Derek Klingenberg, maybe you’ve already heard of him. The Kansas rancher has been making appearances across the internet with his farming parody’s and quirky videos. In August, Klingenberg made a splash after a video of him playing a Lorde song on the trombone to his cows went viral – the video has just a hair under 8,300,000 million views. A recent video of him feeding cows in the form of a smiley face caught the attention of Harry Smith on NBC Nightly News.

“Everybody thinks I’m crazy,” Klingenberg laughs during the interview. “I’d be nervous if they didn’t think that.”

Click here to check out the full segment.  Click here for Farmer Derek Klingenberg on YouTube.

Bon appétit

The LA County Health Department shut down the sale of frozen raccoons at an Asian market last week after a woman took a video of whole raccoons in bags at the market – with a hefty price tag of $9.99 per pound. According to CBS Los Angeles, employees at the market say raccoon is a delicacy in China.

“The way it’s packaged in the store, it’s so real, and it’s so fresh, and you don’t see chickens with their feathers and blood all over them, and their expression, with their tongue hanging out,” customer Christina Dow says in a video interview.

Before Dow’s release to the Health Department, the market had been selling raccoons for a number of years without complaint. Depending on the source and safety of the frozen raccoons, the market may be back to selling them in the near future.

Click here for the full story.