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Your Chipotle burrito is probably over 1,000 calories

Are you craving the embrace of a warm tortilla filled with barbacoa, rice, pinto beans, fajita veggies, chili corn salsa, cheese, sour cream, and lettuce? 

You might crave it less now that you know it clocks in at about 1,070 calories

The New York Times took on the task of counting the calorie, saturated fat, and sodium content of a variety of different common Chipotle orders, and the results are sure to be upsetting to anyone who regularly chows down at the chain.

An average order at the fast-casual Mexican chain has about 1,070 calories — more than half of the recommended dietary allowance of 2,000 calories — and nearly a full day's worth of salt (2,400 milligrams.) These meals are shockingly unhealthy for a variety of reasons: The first and most obvious answer is the tortilla, which adds 300 calories to a meal. Another big culprit is the toppings: cheese, sour cream, and guacamole are all high in fat and tend to be found in the meals with higher calorie counts.

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So, what's a burrito lover to do? According to Chipotle Communications Director Chris Arnold, you can still get a relatively healthy meal at Chipotle: a burrito bowl with white rice, black beans, chicken, fresh tomato salsa, sour cream, and lettuce clocks in at about 625 calories.

If you sneak in some chips and guac, though, we won't count them.

Check out the full breakdown at The New York Times.