"Today there is an endless supply of highly processed vegan foods, from faux pepperoni pizza and hot dogs, to cookies, candy and ice cream," she said. "I have seen some vegans who never touch fruits and vegetables, and when that's the case, you're unlikely to see the same kind of weight control and health benefits."
Taken on their own, Sofritas are a relatively healthy choice. Paired with veggies and brown rice in a bowl, a meal contains approximately 425 calories per serving compared to 475 for a chicken, steak or carnitas bowl. They also have significantly less cholesterol and saturated fat than the other protein choices. On the downside, they have double the sodium and contain 3 grams more total fat.
Jayne Hurley, RD, senior nutritionist for Center for Science in the Public Interest, said she is concerned with Chipotle meals in general, because of all the extras like sour cream, cheese, and white flour tortillas that run up the calorie, fat and sodium count. She's not completely sold on the Sofritas either.
"My advice for people cutting back on meat? Stick with the black beans. They have most of the protein, one-third the sodium and four times the fiber of the Sofritas tofu option," she said.
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