First the good news. Elizabeth Klingbeil told Mashed that no Taco Bell item “goes over the total daily recommendations for added sugars, calories, saturated fats or sodium.” Those are things that you should pay attention to when eating healthy.
Now the bad. Taco Bell isn’t going to win any nutrition awards anytime soon. “You want to minimize your sodium consumption to less than 2,300mg per day,” Klingbeil told Mashed, “This can be difficult to achieve at a place like Taco Bell, where all of the burritos contain at least 1,000 mg of sodium.” Also, to limit your daily saturated fat intake to 10 percent of your total caloric intake, be weary of Taco Bell’s red meat-filled, tortilla chip-laden, refried bean-heavy, and fried menu items. “When considering the food options at Taco Bell, most meal items contain at least 10 grams,” Klingbeil cautions. That’s half of the saturated fat intake suggested for someone on a 2,000 calorie-a-day diet.
But the worst offenders are the fast-food chain’s queso-crazy menu items: high both in sodium and saturated fat contents. “For example, the Quesalupa, Quesarito and Nacho BellGrande are all high sources of saturated fats and have more than 1000 mg sodium each,” Klingbeil warned Mashed. It’s all about moderation. “I want to emphasize that you can definitely make Taco Bell part of a healthy diet,” said Klingbeil. So we’ll have to fight the temptation to eat Quesalupas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.