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6 Worst Things to eat at the Movies

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6 Worst Things to Eat at the Movies


I just read this article below at

I thought I should post it here for everyone to read. I always knew not eat some of this. But I wonder what to snack on while at the movies, i so like the popcorn and movies experience :-(



At a movie theater, a lot of the stuff you carry away from the concession counter is a horror show in its own right. And it comes with a sequel: When you debut in your bathing suit this summer, everyone will know what you did last night at the movies — you overate, so now you overflow.

Not that I blame you, of course. I've been there, too. Engrossed by the big screen, too many of us fall victim to giant soda cups, popcorn buckets, and candy boxes, which are sneakily designed to keep the munchfest moving swiftly for the duration of the film.

One Cornell study showed just how thoughtless it can be. Researchers gave patrons different-sized popcorn buckets, and those with large buckets ate nearly twice as much as those with medium buckets. And get this: In some of the buckets, researchers traded out the fresh-popped corn for two-week-old kernels! Those moviegoers munched away so absentmindedly that they put away 34 percent more stale popcorn than those with medium buckets of fresh corn!

So before you plunk down your hard-earned cash for The Incredible Hulk, consider how you may come to resemble him if you mess up a lot at the concession stand. Here's where the real danger lies:

Large Popcorn
1,283 calories
78 g fat (49 g saturated)
1,850 mg sodium

Yes, yes, it’s the custom; everyone at the theatre is eating popcorn. In fact, each American consumes more than 200 cups of popcorn a year, and it’s no surprise considering a movie theatre’s large bucket is 20 cups in itself! But snub the butter soak and you’ll save yourself from two-and-a-half day’s worth of saturated fat.

Large Nachos with Cheese (40 chips, 4 oz.)
1,101 calories
59 g fat (18.5 g saturated)
1,580 mg sodium

This movie-time snack has more calories than two large orders of McDonald’s French fries. In fact, you’d still be saving fat and calories if you smuggled in two Quarter Pounders with Cheese instead!

Snickers Popables (5 oz., 46 pieces)
692 calories
33 g fat (14.6 g saturated)
73 g sugars

The name's cute, but think about this: your chewy-nougat body in a bathing suit. The Snickers will be following you in two ways. The combined fat-load of these little popables is equal to two-and-a-half full-sized Snickers bars. So even if you split the bag, you’d still do better to down a real candy bar.

Whoppers (5 oz. box)
676 calories
24 g fat (20.3 g saturated)
88 g sugars

How many malt balls does it take to run up a day’s worth of saturated fat? About 70, the number in a theatre-sized box of Whoppers. This candy's a long-standing classic, but so are fat-guy comedians. You want to join that jowly double bill?

44 oz. Cherry Coke
572 calories
0 g fat
154 g sugars

The theater owners say it's all about convenience: They give you the super large size cup, so you won't have to come back if you want seconds. Oh, and they can charge you twice as much up front while they're at it.

That’s why movie-theatre cups (and everything else in the theatre) have grown to such mammoth proportions. This beverage, for instance, has 50 percent more calories than a half-pound of ground beef, and every bit of it comes from —yikes! — high fructose corn syrup. (For other drinks that will lay waste to your waistline, check out this eye-popping report on America's worst drinks!)

Large Soft Pretzel with 3 oz. Nacho Cheese
643 calories
14.5 g fat (3 g saturated, 4 g trans)
3,068 mg sodium

The pretzel weighs in at 5 ounces, and it holds nearly 100 calories in each ounce of soft bread. Top it with a massive load of warm, trans-fatty cheese sauce, and you’ve got the plot of a disease-of-the-week movie.

This "snack" packs more calories than a proper dinner, and well over a day’s worth of sodium. If you buy one of these salty dogs, don't eat it: Just throw it over your shoulder for good luck. (Do the same with these saltiest foods in America!)

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Petal's picture
So is popcorn without butter good for you ? Its just corn and air right :-D
shantihhh's picture
Popcorn without butter is an excellent snack and a number one snack suggestion from Weight Watchers. I make it with various masalas! Shanti/Mary-Anne
Snigdha's picture
Popcorn can be a good snack. Here'z what I have come across Popcorn Nutrition The US Department of Agriculture has found the following nutritive values in one pint of popped popcorn. The figures may vary because of the actual weight or size of the kernels. weight: ½ to 1 ounce calories: 50 to 110 calories – refers to unbuttered popcorn carbohydrates: 10 to 22 grams protein: 2 to 4 grams fat: 1 to 2 grams calcium: 2 milligrams iron: 0.4 to 0.6 milligrams niacin: 0.2 to 0.6 milligrams These figures may not sound like much, but compared ounce for ounce with beef, popcorn provides 67% as much protein, 110% as much iron, and an equal amount of calcium. A pint of popcorn contains three times as much phosphorus as a pint of milk. A cup of unbuttered popcorn contains less calories than half a medium grapefruit. Popcorn is a great dieting aid. Eaten immediately before a meal, it will take the edge of an appetite. The cellulose of the popcorn hull is an indigestible carbohydrate. This cellulose is an excellent dietary roughage and compares to bran flakes. Digestible carbohydrates in the popcorn provide energy and are supposed to help the body metabolize fat. If you are using popcorn as part of a dieting program, skip the butter and just lightly salt your popped kernels. Source:
TenGone's picture
Air popped popcorn is great for dieting - if there's nothing added to it, it's fairly low cal and very filling :)
6 Worst Things To Eat At The Movies