Movie Popcorn Is Really, Really Bad For You

If you’re one of those people who munches on movie popcorn and placates yourself by rationalizing that as snacks go, it’s not all that bad for you, you’re just deluding yourself.

The L.A. Times cites a Center for Science in the Public Interest report that analyzes the waistline-expanding abilities of buttered-up, movie theater pocorn at the largest movie chains: Regal, AMC and Cinemark. Just how bad for you is it? Reporter Mary MacVean writes:

A medium-sized popcorn and medium soda at the nation’s largest movie chain pack the nutritional equivalent of three Quarter Pounders topped with 12 pats of butter, according to a report released today by the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The group’s second look at movie theater concessions — the last was 15 years ago — found little had changed in a decade and a half, despite theaters’ attempts to reformulate.

You wouldn’t wolf down three quarter pounders and 12 pats of butter in one sitting at a movie, so it’s probably a good idea to think twice about inhaling that medium popcorn.

Movie popcorn still a nutritional horror, study finds [L.A. Times via Movie City News]
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