Friday, March 25, 2011

I'll take one Johnny Depp, but hold the popcorn please!

     Ahh, the movies! Johnny Depp and the dark! What a perfect combination!

  And in the dark is just where the Movie industry wants us to stay.....
 The FDA is suppose to rule by the end of March,  whether they will force movie theatres to disclose the calorie count of food prepared at their cinemas such as popcorn, pretzels and hotdogs.  Last year the FDA passed a law that requires restaurant chains, with 20 or more restaurants, to post the calories of their dishes.
  This year they have been discussing adding movie theatres to that law. However, the Movie lobby is furious about this development and has been lobbying hard to have it stopped. The movie theatre owners don't want us to know how many calories are actually in all of those snacks because if we did we might think twice about buying them. This would severely hurt their bottom line because they make about a 1/3 of their profits from selling popcorn and sodas.
   And we know, when someone tries very hard to keep information from us,  it is something that we need to know.
  And it is.
  Studies have shown  that movie popcorn can contain as much as 1610 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat!  No wonder they are trying to hide this information. That's equal to eating 3 McDonald's Big Macs and 12 pats of butter! That's more than a lot of people should eat in one day! And waaaay too much fat!

 And by the way it's not just the popcorn that isn't a good choice...
 * Most movie sized candy boxes are about 450 calories and 22 grams of fat
 * Cheesy nachos are about 1300 calories
 * A five-ounce serving of soft pretzels can contain as much as 483 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, and 2,008 mg of sodium (the recommended daily allowance of sodium is 2,500 mg). And movie theaters often pair soft pretzels with cheese sauce, which easily tacks on about 200 calories and 10 grams of fat
 * A large movie soda has as much as 400 calories and 115 grams of sugar

  The fact that the movie industry is trying to keep the information about the food they prepare a secret from  the people who are consuming it, is very disturbing, but very typical of the food industry. People need this information so that they can make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
 I hope the FDA does the right thing and remembers that it is their job to protect the public not big business.

 Here are some things to find out before buying any food:
  What are the ingredients?
  How much fat/sugar and preservatives are in it?
  What is the calorie count?
  So needless to say, movie theatre popcorn is not a good choice, not even once in a while. But if you refuse to give up your popcorn with your movies, at least pop your own at home with an air popper. A cup of air popped popcorn is only 30.5 calories. And bring a bottle of water instead of buying a soda.

 Or you could just skip the snack altogether...
 I mean, if you think about it, Johnny doesn't really need anything to go along with him, does he?


  1. I once worked at a movie theater concessions stand. If you do decide to buy some popcorn, don't ever add the "butter." It's rancid oil. Seriously. Just thinking about it makes me gag.