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Movie Theater Snack Attack!

Two Thumbs Up or Blockbuster Diet Disaster?


    I'm kind of upset about the fact that yes, they assumed we all go for the extra-large popcorn with the extra butter-flavored (I don't think it's actual butter) topping. When I even bother getting popcorn (I find it detracts from the movie when I get kernels stuck in my teeth, I dunno about y'all), I get a small one, and no topping except for maybe some sort of spice - they don't mind if you bring that!

    Not only that, but theaters aren't going to change what they serve as snack options unless people request them - I recently talked to the owner of the local theater about bringing in granola bars and Skinny Cow ice cream for people to have, instead of the high-fat junk, and she loved the idea! - 3/6/2009 2:39:21 PM
  • I noted that there were a few negative comments on this article. I found it interesting. Coconut oil is bad for you. It has more saturated fats than animal products. I have never seen anyone go to a movie theatre and not overeat when it comes to popcorn, denial.

    I went to a movie with my sister a while ago. Going to a movie theatre is pure torture when you are trying to make good choices. The sound and smell of fresh popped corn fills the air. And, all the other treats, candy, nachos, soft pretzels, pizza, there is nothing good to choose. I was prepared though. I took a small zip-loc bag full of baby carrots in my purse. I was happily munching my carrots during the movie when my sister made some comment about me being too noisy eating my carrots. I thought she had to be kidding. You could hear candy wrappers and popcorn bags rustling, and people munching all around us, and she had the audasity to say something about my carrots. I flashed angry eyebrows at her and continued to eat my carrots. I enjoyed the movie in spite of that, but I was so annoyed that I just wanted to poke her in the nose.

    . - 2/3/2009 12:59:09 PM
  • I love sunflower seeds in the shell. They take quite a while to eat and are much lower in calories than even a small popcorn. - 1/17/2009 7:12:21 AM
  • I, also, find this article rather misleading. How bad is one handful? I could never eat a 20cup bucket! In fact, I don't know anyone who could! How about 1 cup? This article was offensive to me. I am not an overeater. I have a history of making bad choices though and I am working to remedy that. - 12/8/2008 10:58:11 AM
  • YARN_HO!
    Why was this entire article was written on the assumption that people on this website are ordering enormous buckets of buttered popcorn, and doesn't once mention--even in the table of movie snacks--what the damage is for the average small bag without butter?
    Obviously, a large bucket of buttered popcorn is going to be really bad for you; anyone knows that. We all also know it's "best" to eat ahead of time or bring something in with you. What we don't all know is what the best choice is if you get there hungry and you're stuck for two hours.
    Sorry, it's sort of a "duh" article. - 10/22/2008 3:56:52 PM
  • 1,300 calories!!!! Argh! I never would've dreamed it was THAT bad.
    Thanks for the article. - 8/28/2008 12:29:53 PM
    I smuggle my own snacks into theaters. I bring a small bag of nuts and a Larabar which satesfies me and easily conceals in a pocket. - 7/30/2008 5:40:06 PM
  • Great article. - 7/13/2008 12:53:22 AM
  • Coconut oil isn't bad for you - hydrogenated coconut oil (like any other hydrogenated oil) is bad for you...there's a difference.

    But don't believe me, do you own research.

    There's a growing body of non-biased info about how coconut oil (even though high in sat fat) is in fact a healthier choice than canola. - 6/12/2008 1:10:51 PM
  • What an eye opener! I was amazed at the calories in a soft pretzel and the nachos as well! Whenever we go to Sam's Club we always get soft pretzels to eat on the way home - no more!

    It's amazing how much we consume when we're not consciously thinking about it!

    Thanks for the great info! - 5/14/2008 10:48:35 PM
  • CORONA17
    I had heard movie pop corn was bad but had no idea it was THAT bad! No wonder I sneak my own in! - 5/14/2008 7:24:27 PM
  • No wonder why I am so fat! Popcorn is my favorite. I will never again order a large! Thanks for opening my eyes - 5/14/2008 2:01:25 PM
    Wow I'm really glad to have found this article! I always thought that if I didn't get butter on my popcorn I really wasn't using very many calories. Good info to have! - 5/14/2008 12:40:22 PM
  • I am going to the movies this weekend and this will be in my head! Thank you.... - 3/13/2008 5:07:22 PM
  • I'm heart broken... though I knew it was bad I had no idea how bad movie popcorn is. Ouch... even without the butter? I'll have to ponder how to get around this one as it's one of my passions. - 3/12/2008 10:49:16 PM

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