By Yumi Sakugawa, Intent.com
Recent studies have shown that eating a medium-sized bag of buttered popcorn with soda at the movies is pretty bad for you. Just how bad exactly? According to an article published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “You MAY be eating three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with 12 pats of butter while watching a movie–that food is nutritionally comparable to what you’d find in a medium popcorn and soda combo at Regal, the country’s biggest movie theater chain: 1,610 calories and three days’ worth–60 grams–of saturated fat.”
What about microwavable popcorn? Not the best alternative. According to this Care2 article, the chemical coating found in microwavable popcorn bags breaks down into a substance called perfluorooctanoic (PFOA), which has been labeled by the Environmental Protection Agency as a “likely carcinogen.”
What should we do when we want to watch a movie and get our munchie fix without setting ourselves up for future obesity or heart failures? We’re not saying you should give up popcorn and movies forever–but we do suggest considering these five healthier alternatives to popcorn the next time you are vegging in front of the big screen.
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