That movie theatre popcorn is like eating 3 burgers and 12 butter pats?!?! So disgusting… I know!!! I’ve always known movie popcorn was not so healthy, but this info was just shocking!! I was watching the Today Show this morning and they had this segment on movie popcorn. Here’s the quick and dirty from the segment.
At AMC theaters, serving sizes are smaller but can still pack a wallop. A large popcorn has 1,030 calories and 57 grams of saturated fat — the equivalent of a pound of baby back ribs topped with a scoop of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, but with more fat.
At Cinemark, which pops its popcorn in heart-healthy canola oil, a large popcorn has 910 calories with 4 grams of saturated fat. “Though popping in canola gives this chain’s popcorn far less saturated fat than its competitors, it’s almost as high in calories and has the most sodium — about twice as much as Regal or AMC,” the Center for Science in the Public Interest said in a statement.
The giant sodas served at the movies also take a toll, the study said. To name just one example, a 54-ounce large soda at Regal has 33 teaspoons of sugar and 500 empty calories.
And don’t forget about the candy: A 5-ounce bag of Twizzlers contains 15 teaspoons of sugar. A 7-ounce box of Nerds contains 46 teaspoons of sugar. And an 8-ounce bag of Reese’s Pieces contains 1,160 calories and 35 grams of saturated fat.
Holy Moly!! Can you believe those stats! I typically try to avoid movie theatre popcorn, but when they came out with the little kiddie bag I was super excited! I’m a firm believer of everything in moderation… but this Today Show segment was proof that hidden calories are everywhere. So my friends, when you’re at the theatre this weekend watching “New Moon” be sure to order the small popcorn and share it 🙂
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