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The average small movie popcorn with “buttery” topping contains about as many calories as:

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The average small movie popcorn with “buttery” topping contains about as many calories as:

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The average small movie popcorn with “buttery” topping has about 600 calories, about the same as a quarter-pound cheeseburger (550 calories). You could have three slices of thin-crust cheese pizza or three milk chocolate candy bars for about the same number of calories. A slice of cheesecake has about 410 calories.

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The average large movie popcorn with “buttery" topping contains about as many calories as:

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The average large movie popcorn with “buttery" topping contains about as many calories as:

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The average large movie popcorn with “buttery” topping has about 1,270 calories, which is about the same as two large pieces of fried chicken (800 calories), a cup of mashed potatoes (230), and a 16-oz. soda (200). Two cups of spaghetti with meat sauce and a slice of garlic bread contain about 800 calories together, and a small thick-crust pepperoni pizza with a can of soda has about 940 calories.

A large soda and large popcorn with “buttery” topping account for what percentage of a full day’s recommended daily allowance of calories, based on a 2,000-calorie diet?

A large soda and large popcorn with “buttery” topping account for what percentage of a full day’s recommended daily allowance of calories, based on a 2,000-calorie diet?

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A combo with a large soda (48 oz.) and a large popcorn with "buttery" topping has about  1,700 calories, which is about 85% of the daily allowance for a 2,000-calorie diet. 

Movie theaters are included in the FDA’s proposal to require calorie labels on menus and menu boards.

Movie theaters are included in the FDA’s proposal to require calorie labels on menus and menu boards.

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The FDA has proposed regulations that would require calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and retail food establishments with 20 or more locations. But movie theaters are exempt, along with bowling alleys and airplanes. Establishments whose main purpose is not to sell food aren’t subject to the proposed regulations.

An average small movie soda has about how many teaspoons of sugar?

An average small movie soda has about how many teaspoons of sugar?

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An average small movie soda (23 oz.) has about 14 teaspoons of sugar and a little over 200 calories. An average large movie soda (47 oz.) has almost 30 teaspoons of sugar and about 450 calories.

Splitting an average small unbuttered popcorn with a friend would give you about the same number of calories as:

Splitting an average small unbuttered popcorn with a friend would give you about the same number of calories as:

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If you’re trying to watch your calories at the movies and decide to split a small unbuttered popcorn with a friend, you’ll each get about the same number of calories as you would from an 8-oz. container of flavored whole-milk yogurt, which has about 230 calories. Half a cup of cottage cheese has about 110 calories, 18 cashews (about 1 oz.) have 165 calories, and a hard-boiled egg has about 80 calories.

To make movie popcorn a healthy snack, all you have to do is ask for unbuttered popcorn.

To make movie popcorn a healthy snack, all you have to do is ask for unbuttered popcorn.

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Plain popcorn is a whole grain and a healthy snack, and requesting unbuttered movie popcorn is a good start, but salt and oil can be a problem. An average small popcorn contains about 450 mg of sodium, about 20% of the recommended daily amount for adults and 30% of the recommended amount for children and adults who are over age 51, are African-American, or who have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.  

 

A small movie popcorn also has about 27 grams of saturated fat if it’s popped in coconut oil; if the theater chain uses non-hydrogenated canola oil, that takes the saturated fat content down to 2 grams.

The size of a medium tub of popcorn can vary by as many as 10 cups, depending on the theater chain.

The size of a medium tub of popcorn can vary by as many as 10 cups, depending on the theater chain.

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One theater chain’s version of a medium tub of popcorn might contain 10 cups, while another’s might have up to 20. It’s worth checking out the sizes before you order.

The size of a medium soda can vary by how many ounces, depending on the theater chain?

The size of a medium soda can vary by how many ounces, depending on the theater chain?

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One theater chain’s medium soda can be 32 oz., while another’s is 44 oz., and the size of a small can vary even more. For example, one chain’s small soda might be 16 oz., while another’s is double that at 32 oz.

Which of the following movie candies has the fewest calories?

Which of the following movie candies has the fewest calories?

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If you have a craving for chocolate at the movies but you’re counting calories, a 3 oz. bag of chocolate-covered caramels, at 370 calories, may be your best bet. A 3.5 oz. bag of chocolate-covered raisins has 420 calories, a 4.8 oz. bag of chocolate-covered mints has 570 calories, and a 4 oz. bag of chocolate-covered peanut butter pieces has 580 calories.

One reason people may load up on calories at the movies is:

One reason people may load up on calories at the movies is:

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There are many reasons it can be difficult to watch your calories at a theater. Getting buttered popcorn and a soda at the movies is a habit that can be hard for many of us to break.  Another problem is mindless eating; if you’re not paying attention to what you’re eating while you’re engrossed in special effects or a riveting drama, you may finish off that large tub of popcorn (that you planned to share) without realizing it. 

 

Also, theater chains usually make it more economical to get larger sizes as part of a combination deal (a large popcorn with a large soda, for example), which can lead to your eating more than you’d planned.

One way to cut down on calories at the theater is to:

One way to cut down on calories at the theater is to:

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Having dinner before the movie, instead of after it, can help curb hunger. But if watching a movie just isn’t the same without popcorn, you can share with a friend and request that it be unbuttered and unsalted. Some theaters offer more healthy snack options, such as bottled water and trail mix, so check out all your options before ordering.

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