The Scary Truth About Movie Popcorn


Is a bucket of popcorn part of your regular movie-going routine?  After a quick glance at it’s outrageous nutritionals, you may reconsider buying even a small tub.  Here are a few examples of just how bad it can be:

  • Regal Cinemas:
  1. Large Tub: 1,200 calories, 980 milligrams of sodium, 60 grams of saturated fat (yes, that’s 60 GRAMS OF SATURATED FAT, a.k.a 4X MORE THAN YOU SHOULD EAT IN A DAY).  Add just a tablespoon of butter and you get 130 more calories.
  2. Medium Tub: the only difference between this and the large, is that it comes in a bag.  Same portion size, same nutritional facts.
  3. Small Tub: 670 calories, 550 milligrams sodium, and 24 grams saturated fat.
  • AMC
  1. Large Tub: 1,030 calories and 57 grams of saturated fat (equal to a pound of babyback ribs + a scoop of Haagen Dazs ice cream, but with an additional day’s worth of saturated fat).
  2. Medium Tub: 590 calories and 33 grams of saturated fat.
  3. Small Tub: 370 calories and a day’s worth—20 grams—of saturated fat.

Think you’re safe because you don’t frequent either of those two movie chains?  The rest are no better.  See a full comparison, along with other scary movie snack nutrition facts, here in CSPI’s report.

But What If You Looooove Popcorn??

Make it at home for a snack sometime!  Popcorn is actually a healthy choice when you pop it yourself.  And you can add plenty of yummy things without making it a calorie nightmare.  My favorite way to eat it is with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh herbs (just mix these two things together with a little salt, then drizzle plain popcorn with 1 tsp olive oil and toss it all together).  You can also get some low-calorie popcorn seasonings for your homemade popcorn, like Kernel Season’s, one of my other favorites.  First you spray your plain popcorn with their popcorn spritzer:

movie popcorn calories

Then add one of their delicious, low-calorie popcorn seasonings:

movie popcorn caloriesNow you’ve got tasty, flavorful popcorn that’s still low in calories.

Want to win FREE Kernel Season’s popcorn spritzer and seasonings???

Simply leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite movie and you’ll be entered to win!

Winner picked Monday May 23rd.

**popcorn image above taken from Food Marathon**


  • Gypsy Thomas
    May 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    the notebook

  • Waheeda
    May 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Pride and prejudice 🙂

  • Abby Neumiller Hanell
    May 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm


  • Lisa Corbin
    May 20, 2011 at 9:40 am

    The Blues Brothers

  • Sara
    May 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Love and Basketball

  • Kari Sharp
    May 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • Katie
    May 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

    So maybe not my all-time favorite, but I shed tears of laughter for a straight hour last night watching Bridesmaids.

  • Peggy
    May 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    the kings speech

  • Tyler
    May 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

    This is a tough call but I’d have to go with Caddy Shack, no wait maybe Borne Identity, no final answer Caddy Shack!

  • Anthony
    May 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Pretty easy call – Back to the Future. I win!

  • Anthony
    May 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Borne Identity man! So epic.

  • julia martin
    May 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    the princess bride

  • Tamara
    May 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Gone with the Wind.

  • Heather V.
    May 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    My fav is BEN HUR!
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  • Kaitlyn
    May 24, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Pride and Prejudice… the new (short) version!

  • Amelia
    May 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Congratulations, Waheeda! You’re the randomly picked winner of the popcorn spritzer and seasonings. Thanks for entering!

  • Brianna Kotka
    June 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Yuck! I the cheddar seasoning not long ago, not a fan of it!

  • Amelia
    June 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Sorry you didn’t care for the cheddar version, Brianna. Try another flavor! I personally love the Kettle Corn one.

  • Brianna Kotka
    June 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I tryed the butter one, and it was actually quite good. Definetely a healthy alternative to coating it in fatty butter.

  • carisa
    December 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Holiday 2012 The movie popcorn has alway’s been a terrific treat and a great recreational asset. A convient and yummy treat for fun. carisa,justus,connick & we are the vangor family.

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    Pretty Woman

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