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.
*This blog post was originally published at EverythingHealth*