Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Movie Theatre Popcorn Uncovered
So what if you order unbuttered popcorn would that do the trick? No, because you still have to address the oil it is cooked in and the salt. A small popcorn has about 30% of the recommended salt intake for an adult per day. If you are splitting the large then you have consumed more than half of the sodium advised – not good! Theatres usually use coconut oil for their popcorn so that also adds in 27 grams of saturated fat for a small. If the movie theatre uses non-hydrogenated canola oil the saturated fat drops to 2 grams.
So the recommendation is to eat a salad or something healthy and filling before you go to the movies, so if you can’t resist the aroma of popcorn when you arrive, you will order a small versus a large. Request unsalted, unbuttered popcorn, (arrive early as they may need to make it for you, and try to share with a friend. Order a diet soda instead of regular, or an even better choice is bottled water.