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:
- 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.
- Medium Tub: the only difference between this and the large, is that it comes in a bag. Same portion size, same nutritional facts.
- Small Tub: 670 calories, 550 milligrams sodium, and 24 grams saturated fat.
- 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).
- Medium Tub: 590 calories and 33 grams of saturated fat.
- 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:
Then add one of their delicious, low-calorie popcorn seasonings:
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**popcorn image above taken from Food Marathon**