Scary Cinema snacks!

The Awards season is definitely in full swing with the BAFTAs just over and the Oscars on their way. This year there is a wide range of movies on offer from the historical ‘Lincoln’, to the musical ‘Les Miserables’ to the quirky ‘Argo’, there has rarely been such variety on offer.

The Awards season is definitely in full swing with the BAFTAs just over and the Oscars on their way. This year there is a wide range of movies on offer from the historical ‘Lincoln’, to the musical ‘Les Miserables’ to the quirky ‘Argo’, there has rarely been such variety on offer.

By Cara Cunningham, Community Dietitian

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So if all this sparks your interest in a trip to the cinema; beware you may not have gone to see a horror flick but watch out for the cinema snacks which certainly can make a horror out of your trip.

The Food Standards Agency wrote about their concerns regarding the portion sizes of snack foods sold in cinemas which are often high in fat, sugar or salt. There is a myth that popcorn is healthy, and virtually calorie free. But there is definitely depends on the serving sizes and what topping is added. ‘The Times’ in a recent article tested the calorie content of a large sweet popcorn weighing 375g from a central London cinema it came out at a whopping 1,800 calories. This is a huge calorie content for a ‘snack’ when you remember that a woman’s total calorie need for the day is 2,000 cal. and a man’s is 2,500 cal.

So when you’re going to the cinema here are some quick tips for being healthier:

Walk to get there – burning off some calories on the way and the way home!

Downsize your snack food – buy normal sized chocolate bars rather than the super sized versions.

Share snacks between friends or family – a good way to save some euros too.

Concentrate on the movie – all that munching is not good for hearing what is going on (although the film ‘The Artist’ has got me there!)

Go to a really scary movie – jumping with fright might mean some of the snacks are lost to the floor!

So if you’re off to see the Oscar winning film or your favourite star in action, with the tips above it will be a more healthy experience for your waistline.

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For more information or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact:

The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster Tel: (044) 9353220 or email community.dietitians@hse.ie.