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Popcorn Isn’t Healthy For You: New Study

November 19, 2009 6:22 AM | News

By Brian Schultz

Movie Theater PopcornExcuse the title, but everyone already knew popcorn wasn’t healthy anyway. After reading the following information released on Wednesday, you may never eat the salty snack at the movies again.

A new study conducted by the Center for Science and Public Interest found that consuming a medium size popcorn and pop is the same as eating 12 pats of butter, followed by three Quarter Pounders from McDonald’s. Yuck.

Even sharing a small popcorn (670 calories) is about the same as a day’s worth of saturated fat. Adding butter to any quantity of popcorn, of course, increases the fat intake.

The study came out on the same day as new numbers in the U.S. suggested that by 2018, 40% of Americans will be obese. The most at-risk states for bursting at the waistline include Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

— With files from CBS News