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    The Worst Movie Foods (and What to Eat Instead) on Yahoo! Health

    Catching the latest Blockbuster on the big screen is an event. It’s not just the digital surround sound that makes it exciting, though—the pre-movie trip to the concession stands plays just as big a role. Unfortunately, traditional movie munchies can turn any film into a horror flick. The truth is that all that mindless snacking during your show can add hundreds of calories to your daily intake.
    One Cornell study showed just how mindless it can be. Researchers gave patrons different-sized popcorn buckets, and those with large buckets ate nearly twice as much as those with medium buckets. And get this: In some of the buckets, researchers traded out the fresh-popped corn for two-week-old kernels! Those moviegoers munched away so absentmindedly that they put away 34 percent more stale popcorn than those with medium buckets of fresh corn!
    That’s why the authors behind the best-selling no-diet weight-loss series Eat This, Not That! have developed this guide to movie theater snack survival. Avoid the following belly-ballooning munchies at all costs.


    Worst Snack
    Buttered popcorn (medium: 10-12 cups)
    600 calories
    39 g fat (12 g saturated)
    1,120 mg sodium
    Popcorn can be a great, fiber-rich snack, as long as you stay away from the dreaded butter pump. Besides tripling the calories of a page of popcorn, many movie theater “butters” are teeming with trans fat. (Check out the Fattiest Foods in America.) Instead, seek flavor from the spice mixes many theaters carry now. Or grab a pretzel: As long as you’re not dipping it into molten cheese, a large soft pretzel makes a reasonable movie theater snack. Be really good and ask them to skip the salt—mustard packs plenty of sodium as it is.
    For other sodium-loaded items to avoid, check out this slideshow of the 30 Saltiest Foods in America.
    Eat This Instead!
    Soft pretzel with mustard
    290 calories
    0 g fat
    850 mg sodium

    Worst Chocolate Candies
    M&M’s (1 bag)
    240 calories
    10 g fat (6 g saturated)
    31 g sugars
    They may seem harmless and fun in their tiny candy-coated vessels, but a few generous handful of M&M’s can wipe out a meal’s worth of calories before you know it. Pick Junior Mints instead. Minty candies tend to be the best of the chocolate choices.
    Eat This Instead!
    Junior Mints (1/2 box)
    170 calories
    3 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
    32 g sugars
    Grabbing a bite after the movie? Watch out for The 15 Worst Desserts in America.

    Worst “Licorice”-Type Candy
    Twizzlers (1 package)
    480 calories
    2 g fat
    64 g sugars
    Ignore the “low fat” claims on the side of the package—these are nothing more than ropes of high-fructose corn syrup. Opt for real licorice in the Good & Plenty box. Many cultures have viewed licorice as a healing herb for centuries, with anti-inflammatory properties. But we’re just thankful they have less sugar and fewer calories than traditional chewy fruit candies.
    Eat This Instead!
    Good & Plenty (33 pieces)
    130 calories
    0 g fat
    21 g sugars

    Worst Chocolate Bar
    Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar
    210 calories
    13 g fat (8 g saturated)
    24 g sugars
    If you’re going to eat pure chocolate, you’re better off picking up a bar with at least 65% cacao. That way, you lower you sugar intake while maximizing antioxidants. Since most movie theaters don’t offer the dark stuff, opt for a Kit Kat bar instead. Break it up and dole out the pieces to your friends. (Just because there are four in a package doesn’t mean you need to eat them all yourself).
    Eat This Instead!
    Kit Kat Bar
    200 calories
    11 g fat (7 g saturated)
    20 g sugars

    Worst Chewy Fruit Candy
    Dots (22 pieces)
    260 calories
    0 g fat
    42 g sugars
    They stick to your teeth just like they stick to your waistline. You’re better off going for nearly any other gummy product besides Dots. In the world of pure sugar candies, few are better than the fish from Sweden.
    Eat This Instead!
    Swedish Fish (2 oz)
    200 calories
    0 g fat
    28 g sugars

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    to hell with that stuff, just sneak your food in like we do.
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    I'm allergic to every damn thing they sell at our movie theater ... I bring in my own granola and sparkling water ... it's all about the sneak.

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    Worst Chocolate Candies
    M&M’s (1 bag)
    240 calories
    10 g fat (6 g saturated)
    31 g sugars
    They may seem harmless and fun in their tiny candy-coated vessels, but a few generous handful of M&M’s can wipe out a meal’s worth of calories before you know it. Pick Junior Mints instead. Minty candies tend to be the best of the chocolate choices.
    Eat This Instead!
    Junior Mints (1/2 box)
    170 calories
    3 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
    32 g sugars


    This really doesn't make a lot of sense. Comparing a whole bag of M&M's to half a box of Junior Mints? Why wouldn't someone just eat half a bag of M&M's, because technically there would then be less calories and sugar.

    AND, who the hell can eat more than 2 or 3 Junior mints without gagging?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icepik View Post

    AND, who the hell can eat more than 2 or 3 Junior mints without gagging?
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    Well if you aren't eating this crap everyday it won't kill you to indulge every now and then.

    I agree though - mint and chocolate should never be mixed. Nasty.
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    Why do people have to eat a bunch of crap during a 2 hour movie anyway? Can't they go out to eat after instead?
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    I love Eat This, Not That! I get their newsletter (via email) and always watch them on The Today Show. Its very interesting....

    And I am ALL ABOUT SWEDISH FISH.

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    I'm just glad to see gummi bears didn't make the top list!

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