View Full Version : Mexican Food - How healthy?

05-31-2003, 03:40 AM
I was just wondering how healthy is your typical semi-fast food meat- burrito/quesadilla/enchilada from a regular Mexican taqueria (with whole or black beans, not refried). Is it a good combo or protein/carbs/veggies/and fat (guacamole, grease from meat), or are they usually on the bad side in terms of healthiness. I love Mexican food, but I am starting a cut (relatively clean to my last bulk, but not completely clean so that I never enjoy my food's taste). Is this food alright?


05-31-2003, 04:53 AM
That is a broad question and it would really depend on many different variables. Do they use a lot of extras like sour cream, guacomole, and cheese? What type of meat is used (beef, chicken, steak, etc)? How is the meat prepared, and is the fat drained off, etc. Generally speaking most fast food places are going to use more fatty cuts of meat and the ingredients are not usually what most would term healthy. It is definitely not the worst thing for a cut, but I would not eat these type of meals on a regular basis.

05-31-2003, 06:47 AM
i agree. i think it all depends on how healthy you make it. i mean, i have the ability to make a piece of chicken healthy or unhealthy. all depends how you cook it, what ingredients you use, if you eat the skin (in the case of the chicken) ;) .

if its from a fast-food/restaurant place, then i doubt it will be very healthy.

05-31-2003, 07:22 AM
Don't shoot the messenger, but...

Del Taco (http://www.deltaco.com/nutritionalfacts.html)

Taco Bell (http://www.yum.com/nutrition/tb/nutrition_index.asp)


Wow, a bean burrito from Taco Bell has more protein and mucho less fat than a taco. I usually go by the idea that any fast food is going to be at least 50% fat but you can actually choose some items that are semi-good for you.

05-31-2003, 07:36 AM
While we're at it...

McDonald's (http://www.mcdonalds.com/countries/usa/food/nutrition/categories/nutrition/index.html) (notice how conveniently they seperate the colums for total calories and fat calories from each other)

Burger King (http://www.burgerking.com/Food/nutrition/NutritionalTable/downloads/menuitem.pdf)

WhataBurger (http://www.whataburger.com/menulist.cfm)

Arby's (http://www.arbys.com/arb06.html)

05-31-2003, 12:50 PM
SO basically, if you HAVE to have fast food, skip the fries. :eek:

05-31-2003, 01:05 PM
Or just skip the fast food.

05-31-2003, 01:13 PM
Originally posted by Behemoth
Or just skip the fast food.

yep :)

plan your meals ahead of time ;)

05-31-2003, 01:16 PM
Closest I get to fast food is a salad from Subway with a bunch of turkey in it.

05-31-2003, 01:57 PM
Well my burritos usually come with no cheese or sour cream. Steak of chicken most of the time (maybe shrimp). I don't know how badly they cook the meat though...I guess that is the most important variable remaining. Thanks for the responses

05-31-2003, 04:28 PM
If you need to eat fast food, I would recommend Pollo Loco, Yoshinoya, Subway and Middle Easter food i.e. chicken kababos.

By the way, although it is marketed as Mexican food, Del Taco and Taco Bell are nowhere near Mexican food. Real authentic Mexican food is more complex and better nutritional values.

05-31-2003, 05:02 PM
The real deal: Chicken with rice and beans. Maybe some fried plantains. Now that's good eatin.

05-31-2003, 05:05 PM
mmmmm nopalitos