Movie Popcorn = 3 Quarter Pounders, Plus Butter
It's as unhealthy as it was 15 years ago
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 4:10 PM CST
Ellen Gifford, left, sits with popcorn and a soda inside the AMC Burbank 16 theater in Burbank, Calif., Monday, Sept. 22, 2008.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

(Newser) – Figure 1,600 calories, 60 grams of saturated fat, and 980 milligrams of sodium—that’s what you’re eating when you scarf down a medium helping of movie popcorn at the nation's biggest theater chain. Add a soda and it’s the equivalent of eating a pound of baby back ribs and a scoop of ice cream, or three Quarter Pounders with a stick and a half of butter, an analysis by a nutrition watchdog group says.

In many cases, calorie counts are significantly higher than those posted in theaters. Regal, the No. 1 chain, and AMC cook their popcorn in coconut oil, which is 90% saturated fat, while Cinemark gets better grades—relatively speaking—for using canola oil, reports the LA Times.

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zackmasson
Nov 21, 2009 1:05 AM CST
I don't know what happend but when i was a kid i loved it, the popcorn they got now is fucking nasty. Makes me feel ill and very thirsty. Then you get the fountain drink which also taste like shit. Never again shall i buy anything inside a theater.
npkimmey
Nov 20, 2009 12:41 PM CST
I know it's unhealthy, but it's so damn good.
cornelison
Nov 20, 2009 12:22 PM CST
Hi dontlikeyou. Are you saying that liberals worry more about their health than Republicans? Ask Dick Cheney if he wants buttered popcorn and has no regrets about his past lifestyle.