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Move Over Popcorn - Healthier Concessions Could be Coming to a Theater Near You

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Lights, camera, action…there is nothing more exciting than going to the movies and seeing the latest drama, chick flick or action-packed adventure. But while we marvel at the phenomenal shape the actors have attained for their roles, we could literally roll out of our seat after consuming thousands of calories in popcorn, candy and soda.

Yes, the calories from a large popcorn laden with dripping butter equals 1,500 calories, 116 grams of fat and 90 grams of carbs. Add in those infamous Sno-Caps and you can tack on an additional 360 calories, 12 grams of fat and 56 grams of carbs. Nachos with cheese will set you back 1,101 calories, 59 grams of fat and 131.5 grams of carbs. That monstrous 3-liter of Coca-Cola which will have you sprinting to the bathroom as soon as the credits start to roll, will add up to a hefty number of 353 calories and 88.4 grams of carbs.

The good news is soon, those of us health-conscious folk won’t have to sneak healthy snacks in our purse when we go to the theater. I admit that I usually stock mine with unsalted peanuts or trail mix and sometimes an energy bar. Thank goodness they sell water at the concession stand.

The head of Sony Pictures offered the suggestion to provide a healthy snack option at concession stands at a recent convention in Las Vegas. Michael Lynton, chairman and chief executive officer for Sony Pictures stated that the results of surveys indicated that moviegoers would be likely to buy the healthy snacks if they were available.

Results of the survey also found that parents would buy healthier concessions at theaters if they were offered. This is especially helpful in working to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. The move to focus movie concessions in a healthier direction has to do mainly with the urgency to target areas where children are consuming snacks, in particularly at the movies, sporting events, etc. Movies are a favorite past-time for families and kids, with many going often. Therefore, healthier alternatives need to be provided.

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EmpowHER Guest

I think any healthy option would help parents and dieters to make a better choice at the cinema. http://www.snack-girl.com/

March 17, 2010 - 5:42am
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

I totally agree! There are so many healthy snack alternatives out there. The rest of the world is catching the wave to go natural and healthy...I am glad the movie world is stepping up as well!

March 17, 2010 - 7:57am

This is an amazing idea and great news! Every time I go to the movies I pretty much think about this problem. Everywhere else there seems to be more healthy food options (at least one healthy place in a food court to eat). It's about time movie theaters stepped up, since a lot of people go to movies and are forced to eat the fatty foods or bring their own.

I still might indulge in the fatty foods, since sometimes that's the best part of going to the movies (everyone else is doing it so I don't feel as bad). However, having other options there would make me think twice about what I'm doing.

March 16, 2010 - 5:22pm
HERWriter (reply to Rheyanne Weaver)

Thanks so much for your comment. I agree that you're almost trapped with no healthy choice option at the movies. It is ok to splurge a bit too, but just do it mindfully and share or pick one treat.

March 17, 2010 - 7:58am
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