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Treating Yourself Wisely At Taco Bell: The Good, Bad & Ugly!

When it comes to fast food many people would rather stop off for a taco... Taco Bell is one of the most frequented Mexican food chains, so let's have a look at their menu so you can be more prepared to order next time around.

By: Shannon Clark

Article Summary:
  • The first place to look when you go to Taco Bell is the Fresco Menu.
  • Avoid the Grilled Stuffed Burritos if you're trying to keep calories low.
  • The dessert options are much better than other fast food restaraunts.
  • When it comes to fast food for many people, they'd rather stop off for a taco than take in a burger at one of the fast food burger joints. Some people just prefer the Mexican taste but you still need to watch out, in many cases a taco can be just as bad as a hamburger if you're not careful.

    Some People Just Prefer The Mexican Taste.
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    Some People Just Prefer The Mexican Taste.

    Taco Bell is one of the most frequented Mexican food chains, so let's have a look at their menu so you can be more prepared to order next time around.


    Fresco Menu

    The very first place you'll want to look when you walk into your local Taco Bell is the Fresco menu. These are items that have been designed by the chain to be healthier options, so right off the bat you know you're doing better.

    All the items on this list have 8 or fewer grams of fat and are under 550 calories, making them a very good option for a quick meal on the go. The best option in terms of having the lowest calorie value along with the highest protein value is the Fresco Fiesta Burrito Supreme - Chicken, which contains 340 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 18 grams of protein.

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    If you're looking for a lighter option, consider the Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco which contains 160 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, and 9 grams of protein.

    Item Calories Fats Carbs Protein
    Fresco Burrito Supreme - Chicken 340 8 49 18
    Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco 160 4.5 21 9


    Taco Salads

    All of the salads at this restaurant are unfortunately very high in calories and fat so you're better off just opting away from these altogether.

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    Tacos And Taco Variations

    The restaurant proves to provide seemingly limitless options for what to order as they've created their own variations on the original taco. Nutritionally speaking you'll be best off choosing the regular tacos, followed by Gorditas, and then Chalupas, which come in with the highest calorie values.


    The Good

      The best taco choice is the Soft Taco Supreme, which comes in at 240 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 11 grams of protein. A slightly higher calorie option is the Gordita Chicken Supreme, which ranks in at 300 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 17 grams of protein.

    Item Calories Fats Carbs Protein
    Soft Taco Supreme 240 11 24 11
    Gordita Chicken Supreme 300 13 29 17


    The Bad

      You'll want to tread lightly when ordering the Gordita Baja's as for the calorie content, they contain the highest total fat value, coming in at 18-21 grams. They also have a relatively low protein count, with only 13-17 grams total.

      If you must have a Chalupa, choose the Chalupa Chicken Supreme as it contains the least fat and most protein out of all of the options.

    Item Calories Fats Carbs Protein
    Gordita Baja Chicken 340 18 29 17
    Chalupa Chicken Supreme 350 18 30 17

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    Burritos

    The burritos on the Taco Bell menu are higher in calories for the most part compared with the other items on the menu, which may be fine if you do require more calories per day, but if you don't, you may want to opt away from these for your meal.

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    The Good

      The best burrito choice to order is the Fiesta Chicken Burrito, coming in at 360 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 17 grams of protein. It will give you the best bang for the calories contained in it.

    Item Calories Fats Carbs Protein
    Fiesta Chicken Burrito 360 10 49 17


    The Bad

      Not a great deal worse is the Burrito Chicken Supreme, which contains 390 calories, 12 grams of fat, and 20 grams of protein. Both the beef and steak varieties of the Burrito Supreme are also similar in nutritional content, with the only difference being a slightly higher total fat content and lower protein content.

    Item Calories Fats Carbs Protein
    Burrito Chicken Supreme 390 12 51 20

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    The Ugly

      On the ugly side of things, what you'll really want to stay away from are the Grilled Stuffed Burritos, as these contain 630-690 calories total, 24-30 grams of fat, and 26-33 grams of protein. Unless you are putting in some hard gym sessions, you're better off without these.

    Item Calories Fats Carbs Protein
    Grilled Stuffed Burrito - Beef 690 30 79 26
    Grilled Stuffed Burrito - Chicken 650 23 76 33
    Grilled Stuffed Burrito - Steak 630 24 75 28


    Dessert

    The dessert at Taco Bell isn't actually all that destructive to your diet, especially when you put it in context with many other fast food options. The Cinnamon Twists contain 170 calories and 7 grams of fat total making it manageable if it's a once in occasion treat.

    The Dessert At Taco Bell Isn't All That Harmful When Compared To Other Options.
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    The Dessert At Taco Bell Isn't All That
    Harmful When Compared To Other Options.

    Item Calories Fats Carbs Protein
    Cinnamon Twists 170 7 26 1


    Conclusion

    Overall, there are a number of options to choose from here that can be incorporated into your diet without too many issues, making it a slightly better choice than many of the burger restaurants out there. But like those, you do have to know what to order. If you choose one of the few items that packs away more than 500 calories, it's going to put a dent in your daily diet.

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    Treating Yourself Wisely At Taco Bell: The Good, Bad & Ugly!
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