Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Some bad news from Captain Obvious

A recent study on the "nutritional" contents of movie theater popcorn has revealed "an alarming amount of fat, salt and calories in even the smallest sizes." These shocking findings actually come from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. You can read all about the study in this post up on the NY Times Well blog or face the reality (that you already know deep down in your arteries) by way of the following highlights/factoids:

REGAL CINEMAS: A large bucket holds 20 cups of popcorn and has 1,200 calories, 980 milligrams of sodium and 60 grams of saturated fat. The medium size, which comes in a bag, contains the same amount as the large. And the small, at 11 cups, delivers 670 calories, 550 milligrams of sodium and 24 grams of saturated fat. Adding a tablespoon of butter adds 130 calories.

AMC: A small size from AMC containing 6 cups of popcorn, had 370 calories, "enough to justify sharing with a friend and eating one kernel at a time to make it last the length of a movie."

CINEMARK: Fares slightly better than its competitors because it pops its popcorn in nonhydrogenated canola oil instead of coconut oil (which is 90 percent saturated fat). Their large tub contains 17 cups of popcorn with 910 calories and 4 grams of saturated fat, as well as 1,500 milligrams of sodium.


AF said...

What if the butter machine is broken?

becky said...

I would hate to see the numbers for those people I know who pour at least a cup of butter from those self-help butter dispensors

Deborah said...

Me too. Considering I am those people who pour at least a cup... LOL