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Movie Popcorn: More Fattening Than Three Quarter Pounders!?

A new study reveals that popcorn is possibly the worst snack movies goers can consume when hitting up the theaters.

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A medium sized popcorn at the theaters contains 60grams of saturated fat.

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A recent study done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that a regular-sized bag of popcorn and medium coke at some of America’s most prominent movie chains pack the nutritional equivalent of three Quarter Pounders topped with 12 pats of butter.

The Dangers Of Coconut Oil

A similar study was complete just 15 years ago and shows that little has changed in the movie-concession industry since. In their research, CSPI calculated the popcorn calories counts of three different movie chains: Regal Entertainment Group, AMC, and Cinemark.

Medium Popcorn (20 cups)

  • 1,200 calories
  • 60 grams of saturated fat
  • 980 milligrams of sodium (w/out the buttery toppings)
  • With butter: adds another 200 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat per 1.5 tablespoons.

The other two cinema groups didn’t do much better. Most of the high calorie counts can be contributed to the large amounts of added coconut oil, which is 90% saturated fat.

Read More: Movie popcorn still a nutritional horror, study finds (LA Times)

Emily Shelton

Emily Shelton is a web producer and blogger for Earth Eats. A native of Evansville, Indiana, Emily moved to Bloomington in the fall of 2007 to attend Indiana University, pursuing a major in Telecommunications and a minor in Business. Emily began interning at WFIU in the fall of 2008 and is now an Assistant Web Producer. As an official Earth Eats "tweeter", Emily loves spreading the word about the importance of environmental issues and "going green". In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, writing, and looking at pictures of delicious meals that she'll only ever dream about.

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  • http://www.gocha.co.uk Margot

    Pretty scary statistics! I make my own popcorn in a pot at home, corn seeds with a little bit of butter and some salt. Definitely has less calories and saturated fats…

  • kate

    Ugh! And some theater's popcorn can taste so good! Not anymore I guess!

  • http://www.gocha.co.uk Margot

    Pretty scary statistics! I make my own popcorn in a pot at home, corn seeds with a little bit of butter and some salt. Definitely has less calories and saturated fats…

  • kate

    Ugh! And some theater's popcorn can taste so good! Not anymore I guess!

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