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You Don’t Get to Know the Calorie Count of Your Movie Popcorn

Posted on Apr 1, 2011
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Soon, Americans won’t be able to hide from the sometimes dismaying nutritional readouts on menus at their favorite chain restaurants—and even on some vending machines—but they still can in the soothing, darkened space of their local movie theater.  —KA

The New York Times:

The federal government on Friday released proposed rules requiring chain restaurants and other businesses that serve food to post calorie counts on menus and menu boards. But after objections from theater chains, the rules give a pass to those box-office snacks — even though a large popcorn and soda can contain as many calories as a typical person needs in a day.

[...] Under the change, the law also would not apply to bowling allies, carnivals, airplanes and other establishments where the primary purpose was not the sale of food.

But it would cover convenience stores and supermarkets that offer ready-to-eat items like hot dogs, deli sandwiches or rotisserie chicken, as long as they were part of a chain of sufficient size. In such establishments and in restaurants, each item on a salad bar would have to be labeled to show how many calories were in a serving.

Mr. Taylor said the rules would not cover alcohol sold in restaurants because the F.D.A. did not have jurisdiction to regulate alcohol.

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By William, April 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment
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I had popcorn last night at the movies.  i don’t want to know how many calories

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By RayLan, April 4, 2011 at 6:12 am Link to this comment

Actually a small to medium popcorn without salt or butter isn’t too bad,

Nutrition Facts
Calories 521 (2178 kJ)
% Daily Value 1
Total Fat 28.1g 43% 
Sat. Fat 4.9g 24% 
Cholesterol 0mg 0% 
Sodium 3mg < 1% 
Total Carbs. 58.1g 19% 
Dietary Fiber 10g 40% 
Sugars 0.5g  
Protein 9g  
Calcium 10mg  
Potassium 225mg

It actually has 9 gm of protein and some potassium. What adds the empty calories is the butter, especially the fake kind, and of course all the other concession junk like a super-size soda which is bubbling sugar syrup. On top of this movie-goers will add candy and nachos etc…

In some movies the munching and face-feeding is so continuous and voracious that it’s really distracting not to mention, gross.
God Bless Obese America.

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By Inherit The Wind, April 3, 2011 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

Who cares about the calorie count of popcorn at the movies?  All I care about is that they don’t poison the melted butter.  And I don’t go to the movies for fine dining or for healthy eating.

Another waste of time.  I’d rather tax dollars get spent on the USDA making sure our meat, fish and poultry are safe, than whether movie popcorn should be fattening.

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By samosamo, April 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment



Amazing how much the lack of education either by the
corporations stifling education or the government because
they want dumb and easy to manipulate people which should
jog a lot of people’s memory on why was proper nutrition
never taught in school. It shows here even now.

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By Queenie, April 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

It isn’t the food or the calories. It’s the gluttony.

Everything in moderation is difficult in a Super-Size-Me nation.

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By Alan, April 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment
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Borscht! It’s all stated right there in the play bill:
“This cinema consumer consumable contains
450 Mel Gibson units,
365 Tom Cruise units,
18000 total Rupert units.

Consumption of this product is semi-voluntary and
is deemed injurious to the health of thinking people.
If you are a thinking person, consult your medical
adviser before using this product”

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By Jim Yell, April 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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If your mind is so dull you think something soaked in oil, butter or simulated butter is a health food than you will not be helped by knowing how many calories it is.

I like the calorie count on the food I my in grocery, but when I am ready to eat out I am not going to worry over much about the calories. If I feel the need to eat healthy I will pass on things that obviously are high calorie and for the rest get smaller portions.

Don’t get obssessed with the small stuff.

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By Jack, April 2, 2011 at 11:58 am Link to this comment
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And you don’t get to know it is all genetically modified, banned in other nations, and not even fit for live stock.  A few days later, you blow up like a Goodyear blimp and spew like a BP deep water oil rig.

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By samosamo, April 2, 2011 at 11:48 am Link to this comment



And you don’t get to know just what everything is they put in
their popcorn. Kinda like bars providing any kind of real salty
‘treat’ to snack on that will make the customer buy more booze.

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By Calorie Counting - good idea, April 2, 2011 at 9:07 am Link to this comment
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Although I am sure the GOP of will frame this as a
“government take over” hot hot dogs and freedom fries,
I for one would like to see the calorie count on all
the crap I eat. It’s hard to stay healthy when eating
American cuisine. I for one think this is a great idea
and will result in restaurants improving the quality of
their food.

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By JJW, April 2, 2011 at 6:45 am Link to this comment
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Pay to play politicians, who could ever have imagined.

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