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Know Your Calories

Know Your Calories

Know Your Calories

At the Movies Edition

It's always fun to go to the movies and escape into blockbuster thrillers, three-hanky dramas or sci-fi epics. When it's movie time, though, it's also snack time, so before you buy your next ticket, test your knowledge: Just how bad is that butter? What would it take to burn off a large soda? Which candy is best?

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QUESTION 1 OF
How many calories does butter flavor add to your popcorn?
 
 
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Adding butter topping to your popcorn can add 240 calories, or more if you ask for extra. That’s like putting a candy bar (or two) on top. If you can’t do without the butter, ask them to go light on the topping and try sharing your popcorn with your date—or your kids!
Source: CBS News
QUESTION 2 OF
What savory snack does the best job of curbing your appetite without busting your diet?
 
 
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It certainly isn’t a health food, but a hot dog with mustard is a sensible movie theater choice at 247 calories, especially when compared to the other options. It also packs a decent amount of protein. The biggest surprise is the soft pretzel, which comes in at a big 480 calories. The worst offender is the nachos, with 550.
QUESTION 3 OF
How many grams of saturated fat are in a large popcorn (20 cups)?
 
 
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A large popcorn (with 20 cups) can pack as much as 60 grams of saturated fat. The American Heart Association recommends a 16-gram daily limit for a 2,000 calorie diet. At some theaters, the medium is 20 cups, so you’re getting the same amount of fat and calories as the large. The secret to popcorn is to get the smallest bag, skip the butter and share with a friend or two!
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What candy selection won’t kill your waistline?
 
 
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With 360 calories per box, split the nonpareils with a friend and it’s a downright reasonable 180 calorie treat. The biggest problem with candy at the movies is how many servings are in the box or the bag. With the candy-coated chocolate, the box has 2.5 servings for a total of 600 calories. The lemon candy also has 600 calories and a massive 132 grams of sugar. That’s almost nine tablespoons. The red licorice comes in at 640 calories because the bag is just so huge.
Source: CNN
QUESTION 5 OF
How many calories are in a single ounce of cola?
 
 
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Twelve calories might not seem like a lot, but when a large soda averages between 40 and 55 ounces, you’re looking at adding at least 480 calories to your trip (although you can subtract a few for the ice). Plus it’s all sugar and no substance. What’s the best solution? Water. Movie theaters sell bottled water, and it really is the best option. But if you have your heart set on a soda, ask for a small diet instead.
QUESTION 6 OF
Name a snack that’s under 60 calories.
 
 
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The great thing about hard candies is that, besides being fat free and low in calories (57 calories for five), you can suck on them for a long time, which greatly slows down your snacking speed. It would be pretty easy to space out five hard candies (or 10 for less than 120 calories) over the course of a two-hour movie.
Source: Health
QUESTION 7 OF
How many minutes would you have to jog to burn off the calories in a 6-ounce movie theater bag of red licorice?
 
 
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It would take you nearly 70 minutes of jogging to work off the 605 calories in a movie theater-sized bag of red licorice; however, if you stick to the serving size of four pieces of licorice, you only have to work off 160 calories, which means only 18 minutes of jogging.
Source: Calorie King
QUESTION 8 OF
What’s an easy way to cut down on fat and calories in your movie snack?
 
 
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All of the above! There are plenty of ways to cut down on your calories. Sharing your snacks, sticking to water and ordering the smallest sizes are all great ways to bring down those calorie counts (along with unnecessary fat and salt).