London, Nov 20 (ANI): If you think having a medium popcorn and soft drink while watching a movie won't add much to your weight, then it's time to get a reality check, suggests a new study.
The study by the Center for Science and Public Interest (CSPI) found that consuming the popcorn and drink means taking in three days worth of an adult's recommended allowance of fat.
The researchers said that a medium popcorn and drink had 1,160 calories.
Even sharing a small portion of cinema popcorn between two would mean each person consuming a day's worth of saturated fat.
"It's hard enough for Americans to maintain a healthy weight even when limiting their eating to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Who realises that they might be taking in a meal's worth of calories during a movie? The healthiest snack to buy at the movies is no snack at all," the Telegraph quoted Jayne Hurley, a CSPI senior nutritionist, as saying.
The study also found that a bag of Reese's Pieces sold at US cinemas contained 1,160 calories and 35 grams of saturated fat, the equivalent of eating a 16-ounce T-bone steak and a buttered baked potato.
The study has been published in Nutrition Action Healthletter. (ANI)