Saturday, November 28, 2009
Movie Popcorn a Health Horror
After a holiday weekend of movie-going and eating that popcorn that smells so good in the theater, it was a shock to read the report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest that shows just how bad theater popcorn is. The researchers studied medium size popcorn from three large movie chains; Regal Entertainment Group, AMC and Cinemark.
The analysis showed that a Regal medium popcorn contains 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat. AMC popcorn was a "smaller" medium and contained 590 calories and 33 grams of saturated fat. This was before adding the butter topping. Cinemark wasn't much better at 760 calories but it only had 3 grams of saturated fat.
Kudos to Cinemark for popping their corn in canola oil with less saturated fat. The other chains use heart unhealthy coconut oil, which is about 90% saturated fat. Lard is 40% saturated!
The study showed that a $12 medium popcorn and soda combination at a Regal movie would be the equivalent of three McDonald's Quarter Pounders with 12 pats of butter.
Do you want soda with your popcorn? A 54 ounce large soda at Regal has 33 teaspoons of sugar and 500 empty calories.
Taking the family to a movie should be a treat. Giant portions of heart unhealthy food are making us fat. See the movie, skip the snacks.
Great movie tip: "Precious". See it for the academy award performances and the amazing, heartrending story.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 6:21 PM