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Movie Theater Snack Attack!

Two Thumbs Up or Blockbuster Diet Disaster?


  • Actually, the popcorn was healthier when they were using coconut oil. Vegetable oils such as peanut oil promote weight gain whereas coconut oil actually can promote weight loss. The particular type of saturated fat in coconut oil, medium chain triglycerides, is responsible for this as it increases metabolism. Butter is healthy in moderation, too, but I doubt there are any theaters anywhere that provide real butter for the popcorn. It simply costs a lot more than other fats they could provide.

    There is more to weight loss than reducing calories. The source of the calories is important, too. For instance, fructose works in the cells to turn off the fat burning mechanism and turn on the fat storage mechanism. It does this by increasing uric acid in the cells. This is why ANY type of sugar, whether sucrose or high fructose corn syrup, can cause weight gain. Natural fruit, however, is OK because it contains antioxidants that counteract the fructose in the fruit. - 11/3/2012 8:07:49 PM
  • KAMACK42
    Coconut oil IS a healthy fat! The truly unhealthy fats are those that are genetically modified, which are corn, soy, canola, cottonseed and rapeseed oils. GMOs are TERRIBLE for us, and most dry cereal that isn't organic is loaded with GMOs. You might want to think about that when grocery shopping. Check the labels!. - 11/3/2012 7:35:57 PM
  • WENDY005
    I love popcorn I just can't eat movie theater popcorn or microwave popcorn. The 'butter' upsets my stomach so i have to buy the natural popcorn or buy kernals and pop my own. - 11/3/2012 6:46:27 PM
  • WENDY005
    I love popcorn I just can't eat movie theater popcorn or microwave popcorn. The 'butter' upsets my stomach so i have to buy the natural popcorn or buy kernals and pop my own. - 11/3/2012 6:44:11 PM
  • WENDY005
    I love popcorn I just can't eat movie theater popcorn or microwave popcorn. The 'butter' upsets my stomach so i have to buy the natural popcorn or buy kernals and pop my own. - 11/3/2012 6:43:33 PM
  • Guess I'm just too old and too cheap to let theater food get to me! But then, I don't go to movies very often!!! - 11/3/2012 6:04:06 PM
  • Coconut oil is an MCT. It's actually very healthy.
    However, I fear the movie theatre industry may use HYDROGENATED CO.

    I really wish Spark would quit making out FATS to be the bad guys and do their research before posting these ill articles. - 11/3/2012 12:15:46 PM
  • I'm so glad I don't like popcorn. It might smell good but when I look at them nothing sparkles with me. In the other hand chocolate it's my weakness. I usually eat candy at cinema but I always try to minimize the amount so I don't keep getting bites and more bits till I had had way to much. Good tips.. Thanks for the article! - 11/3/2012 11:27:55 AM
  • ELYSE2012
    What a shock , those small bag of munchies packing so many calories.
    I do bring small snacks and a bottle of water in a large purse and I,ve never had a problem but I did sometimes buy something for the kids. What used to stop me was the price.
    The price of the snacks is often more than the price of the tickets on the nights with discount prices.
    But what I did with my kids is dissociate film going with junk eating. We are there to enjoy a film and that's the point of this activity. A good meal before going and everyone knows that no one can possibly be hungry.
    There was resistance at the beginning but the choice was going more often to movies or less so because of the cost of those ''treats''.
    Of course there is the health issue but with my kids, it had to have an immediate impact. - 11/3/2012 10:59:38 AM
    You don't really specify if your 100 grams of fat includes the added butter or is the fat content just from popping. Maybe your chart should show popcorn calories and fat grams before and after the added butter flavor. This might be an interesting website for a better idea of what your article is about.
    e-bomb - 11/3/2012 9:33:47 AM
  • -BENI-
    Our theatres won't let us bring food in - but I still sneak it in my bag. I bring apples, grapes, almonds and/or pretzels. They pack easily, don't make a mess, help when you want to chomp, are low in calories and some are good for you. I also bring a baggie to slip all garbage into! Oh and always bottled water!
    ...those mini candy bars are something like 100 calories each!! Not worth it to me. - 11/3/2012 9:27:26 AM
  • has sparkpeople not got the word on coconut oil? it is NOT unhealthy. it is, however, fattening. i'd much rather the theaters use coconut oil than monsanto-warped corn oil. - 11/3/2012 9:12:17 AM
    A couple of comments. First, there are people who enjoy popcorn without the butter added. What's wrong with plain popcorn and a bottle of water - my favorite movie snack combination.

    Second, peanut oil isn't typically healthy for individuals with peanut allergies. Popping the popcorn with peanut oil could render the theater a non-peanut friendly location. Also I thought that coconut oil was a good fat. I believe you are actually thinking about palm oil. - 11/3/2012 8:20:21 AM
    I used to sneak carrot sticks in, but one day I realized that just b/c I was at a movie or on a road trip didn't mean I needed to be eating! What a revelation! Now, I just watch movies and go to movies and eat when I'm hungry. - 11/3/2012 6:31:50 AM
  • I sneak in Tootsie Roll pops, but don't get them out until the lights go down. One or two last a long time and they only have about 60 calories each. Fruit AND chocolate flavors, together. - 9/23/2012 4:49:10 PM

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