Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Movie Ticket to Calorie Explosion

According to lab analyses from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a medium popcorn and soda combo sold at movie theaters is equivalent to 1,610 calories and three days’ worth—60 grams—of saturated fat. The problem is not exactly the corn, but the coconut oil used to pop it, and the overwhelming amount of butter to flavor it, not to mention the excessive sodium.

CSPI also took a look at the sodas and candies sold at the movies. A small non-diet soda ranges from 150 calories at Cinemark to 300 calories at Regal.

A 5-ounce bag of Twizzlers has 460 calories and 15 teaspoons of sugar. Chocolate candies like Butterfinger Minis, Raisinets, Sno-Caps, or M&M's have between 400 and 500 calories and at least a half day’s worth of saturated fat. An 8-ounce bag of Reese's Pieces provides 1,160 calories and 35 grams of saturated fat. It's like eating a 16-ounce T-bone steak plus a buttered baked potato.

Source: CSPI

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