The weekend is coming and it might find some of us nestled in to a theater seat, popcorn in hand, waiting for the lights to dim. But before you start munching away, let’s take a look at exactly what’s in that tub you’re holding.
A study from the Center for Science in the Public Interest detailed the contents of popcorn from three movie theater chains. A large tub of popcorn from Regal Cinemas holds 20 cups of popcorn and sports 1,200 calories, 980 milligrams of sodium and 60 grams of saturated (the bad kind) fat.
If you add one tablespoon of butter, you’ll up the calorie total by 130. But most of the “pumps” used for added butter in theaters add more than a tablespoon per pump. If you’re a “small bag” kind of person, you’re looking at 11 cups, 670 calories, 550 milligrams of sodium and at least 24 grams of saturated fat.