After a frustrating attempt to discover the ingredients in Chipotle’s food, Food Babe finally got Chipotle to post their complete list of ingredients on their website. Surprisingly, they initially refused to answer her question about the ingredients in particular menu items and instead asked if she was concerned about a particular ingredient or had a food allergy!
A Food Babe Win – Chipotle Posts Ingredients and Vows To Make Changes
Here’s an excerpt from Food Babe’s investigation that summarizes what she went through.
When I emailed Chipotle asking for the ingredients in certain products they downright refused. They in turn asked if I was concerned about a specific ingredient or had an allergy. Really? Why do I have to be concerned about a specific ingredient or have an allergy to want to know what I am eating and what’s in my food? When I tried to call them, there was no way for me to leave a message or get a person on the phone to answer my questions. Email responses were S-L-O-W. I had to ask very specific questions to get the data I needed to write this – specific questions that most consumers would likely not ask. Thank goodness for the genuinely accommodating employee who shared some of the ingredients with me (behind his Manager’s back) so I could give you the full story.
We’re so grateful that Food Babe investigated Chipotle’s ingredients. If she hadn’t, we still might not be able to see the ingredients in their food! Chipotle has since made a significant change by switching to non-GMO sunflower oil instead of soybean oil, which is usually made with GMO soy, for use in their fryers. And they have also said that they are working toward the goal of eliminating GMOs entirely from their food. We do wonder about this statement from their ingredients page:
“Where our food contains currently unavoidable GM ingredients, it is only in the form of corn or soy.”
Only? Sorry, we just don’t understand how GM ingredients are either “unavoidable” or “only … corn or soy.” Most GMOs are corn and soy! And really, what does “unavoidable” mean? You either choose to buy GM ingredients for your business or you choose to source the non-GM version. We think it’s that simple.
Some of the other ingredients they’re trying to eliminate are hydrogenated oils and preservatives used in their tortillas. On their website they talk about how hydrogenated oils extend the shelf life of food. That’s too funny. If the bugs don’t want to eat it, we don’t either. But we have a great suggestion for Chipotle! Make your tortillas fresh at the store? And how about a 100% whole wheat tortilla option? Totally doable, especially with a tortilla press. Not only is it possible to make a whole wheat tortilla, they’re delicious. And while we’re at it how about a lettuce wrap option for those who want a grain-free option?
We’re really glad they’re trying to make changes and we love their commitment to: local, organic, pastured-dairy and responsibly-raised meats. And if it seems like we’re being hard on them, it’s because we truly want a convenient place to go, from time to time, to get REAL flavorful food–that’s fast.
If you agree, share this article with your friends. And if you feel so inclined, be part of the movement and take action by creating a petition for freshly-made tortillas with no hydrogenated oils and preservatives. And another one for a 100% Whole Wheat Tortilla option! If you do start a petition, let us know with a comment and we’ll help you spread the word.