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Which Has More Calories: Movie Theater Popcorn or a Big Mac?

No kidding — a large movie-theater popcorn has more Calories and three times the saturated fat as two Big Macs. The average theater popcorn contains about 1,200 Calories and up to 60 grams of saturated fat. One Big Mac has 540 Calories and 10 grams of saturated fat. Most movie theater popcorn is popped in coconut oil, which is contains about 90% saturated fat.

More Popcorn Facts

  • About 16 billion quarts (about 15.1 billion liters) of popcorn is consumed in the United States each year — not all at movie theaters, of course.

  • Fat and Calories aren't the only concerning ingredients in movie theater popcorn — a large tub of popcorn can have as much as 1,500 mg of sodium.

  • Most of the popcorn in the world is produced in the United States — and consumed there, too. Americans eat more popcorn per person than any other country in the world.
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