Breaking: Movie Theater Food Is Bad for You

Consumer Reports analyzed samples of popcorn, nachos, and pretzels from 3 major movie theaters
Staff Writer

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It's no secret that buttered popcorn and soda aren't the healthiest of foods, but Consumer Reports decided to get the scary numbers anyway.

The team tested classic movie theater snacks from AMC, National Amusements, and Regal.

The results? One serving of pretzels and cheese provides half a day's worth of calories and fat, and more than a day's worth of sodium.

As for nachos, Consumer Reports found that most servings have 40 to 50 grams of fat, and even more sodium than popcorn.

A large buttered popcorn could have three-fourths of the 2,000 calories most people need in a day, but at least popcorn has 18 to 34 grams of fiber. Combine a tub of buttered popcorn with a soda, and you'll get a day's worth of calories and almost two days' worth of fat. Yikes.

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