Horror Show: Movie Popcorn = 3 Burgers + 12 Pats of Butter

Another story in the ‘you only just realized that?!?’ category, from Fox News (for a better look at how we’re killing ourselves with processed foods watch Killer At Large):

The food at movie theaters is scarier than “Nightmare on Elm Street,” a frightening new study reveals.

The double-features of artery-clogging tubs of fatty-fried popcorn and sugary, super-sized drinks — not to mention high-calorie candy — is nothing short of a health hazard, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

It sent food from three national theater chains to a lab and found they may have to soon start installing extra-wide seats.

The worst offender, the study found, was Regal Cinemas, where a medium popcorn contains 1,200 calories oozing with coconut oil and saturated fat.

The lab calorie counts were higher than claimed by Regal. The company said its medium popcorn has 720 calories.

Click here to find out about other movie snacks.

“Oh, well. What’s an extra 200 to 500 calories when your snack hovers around the 1,000 calorie mark? They don’t call them tubs for nothing,” the study said.

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3 Comments on "Horror Show: Movie Popcorn = 3 Burgers + 12 Pats of Butter"

  1. tonyviner | Nov 19, 2009 at 3:51 pm |


    • Word Eater | Nov 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm |

      I think you mean, “Delicious!”

      Those things are loss leaders. How much do you think a handful of popcorn kernels costs the movie theater?

      They've got to make money *some* way since the box office mostly goes to other folks.

      And the huge drinks? That's so you'll have to pee and then come back and see the movie again to see the parts you missed.

  2. it's fine if it is something you eat for a rare treat,
    like many kinds of jusk food, fine if it is rare, not so fine if it is a staple of your diet.

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