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    Thumbs down 6 worst things to eat at the movies

    At a movie theater, a lot of the stuff you carry away from the concession counter is a horror show in its own right. And it comes with a sequel: When you debut in your bathing suit this summer, everyone will know what you did last night at the movies — you overate, so now you overflow.

    Not that I blame you, of course. I've been there, too. Engrossed by the big screen, too many of us fall victim to giant soda cups, popcorn buckets, and candy boxes, which are sneakily designed to keep the munchfest moving swiftly for the duration of the film.
    One Cornell study showed just how thoughtless 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!

    So before you plunk down your hard-earned cash for The Incredible Hulk, consider how you may come to resemble him if you mess up a lot at the concession stand. Here's where the real danger lies:

    Large Popcorn
    1,283 calories
    78 g fat (49 g saturated)
    1,850 mg sodium

    Yes, yes, it’s the custom; everyone at the theatre is eating popcorn. In fact, each American consumes more than 200 cups of popcorn a year, and it’s no surprise considering a movie theatre’s large bucket is 20 cups in itself! But snub the butter soak and you’ll save yourself from two-and-a-half day’s worth of saturated fat.

    Large Nachos with Cheese (40 chips, 4 oz.)
    1,101 calories
    59 g fat (18.5 g saturated)
    1,580 mg sodium

    This movie-time snack has more calories than two large orders of McDonald’s French fries. In fact, you’d still be saving fat and calories if you smuggled in two Quarter Pounders with Cheese instead!

    Snickers Popables (5 oz., 46 pieces)
    692 calories
    33 g fat (14.6 g saturated)
    73 g sugars

    The name's cute, but think about this: your chewy-nougat body in a bathing suit. The Snickers will be following you in two ways. The combined fat-load of these little popables is equal to two-and-a-half full-sized Snickers bars. So even if you split the bag, you’d still do better to down a real candy bar.

    Whoppers (5 oz. box)
    676 calories
    24 g fat (20.3 g saturated)
    88 g sugars

    How many malt balls does it take to run up a day’s worth of saturated fat? About 70, the number in a theatre-sized box of Whoppers. This candy's a long-standing classic, but so are fat-guy comedians. You want to join that jowly double bill?

    44 oz. Cherry Coke
    572 calories
    0 g fat
    154 g sugars

    The theater owners say it's all about convenience: They give you the super large size cup, so you won't have to come back if you want seconds. Oh, and they can charge you twice as much up front while they're at it.
    That’s why movie-theatre cups (and everything else in the theatre) have grown to such mammoth proportions. This beverage, for instance, has 50 percent more calories than a half-pound of ground beef, and every bit of it comes from —yikes! — high fructose corn syrup. (For other drinks that will lay waste to your waistline, check out this eye-popping report on America's worst drinks!)

    Large Soft Pretzel with 3 oz. Nacho Cheese
    643 calories
    14.5 g fat (3 g saturated, 4 g trans)
    3,068 mg sodium

    The pretzel weighs in at 5 ounces, and it holds nearly 100 calories in each ounce of soft bread. Top it with a massive load of warm, trans-fatty cheese sauce, and you’ve got the plot of a disease-of-the-week movie.
    This "snack" packs more calories than a proper dinner, and well over a day’s worth of sodium. If you buy one of these salty dogs, don't eat it: Just throw it over your shoulder for good luck. (Do the same with these saltiest foods in America!)

    Want to avoid other foods that are wrecking your waistline? Study up on the 20 Worst Foods in America. By maneuvering your way around these gut-bombing traps — or better yet, growing delicious food in your backyard — you’ll be well on your way to a lean, healthy and fit summer!

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    Well, my movie experience just got a lot cheaper..
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    I've avoided the movie concession stand for about as long as I can remember. Or at least ever since I was older than 12. Never mind the (non) nutritional horrors, it's just ridiculously expensive and I refuse to be fleeced like that. If I really want popcorn or candy I can wait until the movie is over and I can buy it without a 300% markup.

    Seriously, it isn't an integral part of the movie experience, no matter how much they try to brainwash you into believing it is.

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    Same here, Beeyotch. I refuse to be fleeced. Most of the time I just do without the candy, or I will smuggle some in with my purse. Sometimes I crave popcorn at the cinema, but then I will just eat some when I get home. I like my home made popcorn better anyway because it's less greasy and what butter I do use gets cooked right in instead of poured over top.

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    I always found the concept of pouring butter over popcorn bizarre and kind of gross.

    I usually get nothing at the cinema, except the occasional sorbet in summer cinemas.
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    I usually get my junk at the candy store down the street and walk in with bulging pockets
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    I always smuggle my stuff in, anyway... Fuck seven dollar Nestle Crunches, I'm eating for free.

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    I am the master of smuggling food/drinks into theatres.
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    That pretzel with cheese sauce sounds delish. I'll have to try that sometime.

    I never buy at the consession stand. I just bring some water in. I really wish all snack were banned. At least the noisy ones. I sat next to this big fat guy once that all he did was unwrap and snarf down snacks. I finally moved. So distracting!

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    I confess,I love movie popcorn. Now I know why I don't get hungry for hours-if at all! May work out to be a good diet plan.
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    I wish they would ban Nachos from movie theatre's. They are noisy and messy.

    My husband and I always sneak in some Hot Tamales, Milk Duds and two large bottles of water, but I swear that pretzel w/ cheese sauce sounds like the bomb and I might just have to break down and try one.

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    there is a Target next to my theatres. we always go in and stock up on crap (and drinks) and then put it in my purse. this theatre must have finally caught on to everyone doing that, because they have the Theatre Nazi's walk up and down each aisle a few times during the movies (where they never did it before)
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    we do the pockets thing too

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    why do ppl feel the need to pig out on a bucket full of popcorn and 68 oz. soda and rank azz nachos just cuz they're at the movies anyways?!!! its crap food and extremely overpriced so why do it! i never understood the logic. i bring my own shit if i must pig out in front of a movie screen and my cheap ass has always been like that even as a kid

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    We always smuggle food in too. The only thing I will actually buy at the theatre sometimes is the popcorn. I bring everything else (drinks and candy) in my purse.

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