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Is Chipotle Becoming Paleo Friendly?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

This is less a question and more a tidbit of info for all you freaks (myself included). I emailed Chipotle to harass them about their bizarre choice of cooking oils (soy) and their response was a tiny bit promising. Here it is:

Lindsay,

Thanks for writing us. You may be interested to know that we are in the process of changing out the oil in our fryers from soybean oil to non-GMO sunflower oil. This change in oil will only affect our chips and crispy tacos at this time. All of our restaurants will have changed to this oil soon. We are also testing rice bran oil, another non-GMO oil. The rice brain oil is being used for the chipotle honey vinaigrette, the chicken marinade, the rice, seasoning the fajita pan, and seasoning the plancha and grooved grill in those locations where it's being tested. So far, the tests have been positive and we are hopeful that this may be a good alternative for the soy oil we are currently using.

We appreciate your thoughts on this, and we hope to see you soon.

Sincerely, Louisa

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on March 21, 2013
at 02:58 AM

Chipolte has been working with and buying pork from Polyface Farm, ground zero for sustainable farming. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JytP-RNih34

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on March 21, 2013
at 12:08 AM

Thanks lisa, I'll try that next time.

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on March 20, 2013
at 11:51 PM

get double veggie. don't ask for double meat, rather ask for 1/2 one meat and 1/2 another. there's no way to measure it so you'll get more meat then just ordering one kind, and you'll only be charged for one. also if you eat beans, ask for a scoop of one kind, then after they scoop it ask for another kind. you won't be charged for that, either.

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on March 20, 2013
at 08:29 PM

Alright well it's not 100% paleo but its more delicious than the carnitas imo haha.

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on March 20, 2013
at 07:12 PM

... 'cept for the soy oil used to cook the steak, yup. Carnitas is the only meat free from that.

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on March 20, 2013
at 06:44 PM

That's just for the fryer though - I doubt many of us will be ordering deep-fried anything there. Rice bran is an improvement over soy, especially for people like me who are allergic.

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on March 20, 2013
at 06:03 PM

Or "is Chipotle making progress?"

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(19150)

on March 20, 2013
at 05:55 PM

This could work as a title - "Maybe Chipotle will stop using soy oil soon?"

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on March 20, 2013
at 07:01 PM

Too bad all their meat except the carnitas is cooked in soy oil! Maybe they will change that next

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:53 PM

i fear they're going to shut this down for not being a question, but i'm not sure this is so great. soybean to sunflower oil (unless it's high oleic, which i doubt), is just swapping one easily oxidized seed oil for another.

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on March 20, 2013
at 06:44 PM

That's just for the fryer though - I doubt many of us will be ordering deep-fried anything there. Rice bran is an improvement over soy, especially for people like me who are allergic.

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on March 20, 2013
at 07:42 PM

Seriously folks, eating out is not paleo and a little soy oil will not hurt you.

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on March 20, 2013
at 07:23 PM

Good for you! I have thought of writing to Starbucks to see if they would offer almond or coconut milk.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on March 20, 2013
at 08:07 PM

It would be nice if they do change their oil. But I still find it a little expensive because I just can't figure out how to make that hack work :-/

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on March 21, 2013
at 12:08 AM

Thanks lisa, I'll try that next time.

C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

(715)

on March 20, 2013
at 11:51 PM

get double veggie. don't ask for double meat, rather ask for 1/2 one meat and 1/2 another. there's no way to measure it so you'll get more meat then just ordering one kind, and you'll only be charged for one. also if you eat beans, ask for a scoop of one kind, then after they scoop it ask for another kind. you won't be charged for that, either.

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(389)

on March 20, 2013
at 06:22 PM

Chipotle rocks!! I always get the steak salad - Awesome paleo meal!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 20, 2013
at 07:12 PM

... 'cept for the soy oil used to cook the steak, yup. Carnitas is the only meat free from that.

Medium avatar

(389)

on March 20, 2013
at 08:29 PM

Alright well it's not 100% paleo but its more delicious than the carnitas imo haha.

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