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March 24, 2011

One large popcorn = 3 Big Macs?

popcornFrom an article by Richard Verrier in today's Los Angeles Times:

The nation's cinema operators are fuming about proposed federal rules that could require them to disclose the calories in their concession food — including popcorn, a highly profitable item for theater chains.

The article quotes a  study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest that found "that a large popcorn serving contained as much as 1,460 calories — which is the equivalent of eating nearly three McDonald's Big Macs."

What do you think about this? Should movie theaters have to post nutritional information?

Los Angeles Times photo/Allen J. Schaben

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 2:08 PM | | Comments (6)


No wonder I feel sick after eating movie popcorn!

They shouldn't HAVE to. Is there someone out there who thinks that there is a healthy option at the movie theatre? But maybe if the theatre operators are concerned about losing revenue they could introduce some healthier options, and allow people to make an informed decision.

Maybe then I could stop smuggling in baby carrots and bottled water. :)

God I love movie theater popcorn. I don't wanna know. I DON'T WANNA KNOW!

The end of the article has a statement about adding healthier items such as "yogurt, granola bars, and vegetables" at the theaters. I'm sorry, but if I'm at a movie, the last thing I'm eating are vegetables. I don't get to a real theater that often, and when I do, this chick wants the popcorn with all the accoutrements!

Movie theater popcorn use to be freshly popped in the theater. No more, it's delivered in plastic bags, from who knows where. It's usually stale, the only thing that perks it up a little, is the fake butter. At $7 a bag, it's an unhealthy rip-off.

@ Chris Bingel

Probably, but popcorn is a HUGE money maker for movie theaters, and as I guess you now see, most folks have a hard time even imagining watching a movie at a theater without it. So don't expect things to change any time soon.

The only place where I've seen your idea get any sort of traction is out in the NW. However, the laws there are completely different then what we have here (in Portland many theaters serve draft beer), which I guess allows them to sell stuff like calzones, pizza slices, etc.

Not that I'm sure a hot, gooey calzone is any better for you then a bucket of "swimming with butter" popcorn.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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