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This week the Center for Science in the Public Interest updated the findings of its’ historic study about the caloric and fat overload found in many a movie-goer’s favorite treat – popcorn.

Among the findings are that:

  1. The ‘bag ‘o corn’ is really a thrice super-sized nightmare:  “You MAY be eating three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with 12 pats of butter while watching a movie…that food is nutritionally comparable to what you’d find in a medium popcorn and soda combo at Regal, the country’s biggest movie theater chain: 1,610 calories and three days’ worth—60 grams—of saturated fat. (Nutrition aside, that combo costs $12—for raw ingredients that must cost Regal pennies.)”
  2. The advertised nutrition information is incorrect “Regal says that its medium popcorn has 720 calories and that its large has 960. But CSPI’s lab tests found that those numbers were understated. Regal’s medium and large sizes each had 1,200 calories and, thanks to being popped in coconut oil, 60 grams of saturated fat. (The large size looks bigger, thanks to its titanic tub, but it costs a dollar more and comes with a free refill.) A “small” at Regal has 670 calories and 34 grams of saturated fat. That’s about as many calories as a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizza—except the popcorn has three times the saturated fat.

A few thoughts here: (more…)

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