Our expert says:
I must admit that I don't know the weight of the popcorn that is sold at the movies in a normal sized box. What I do know, is that popcorn is very light, and that 1 cup (250 ml) weighs about 16-20g, so if the box contains 2 cups it may weigh about 40g. Plain unbuttered popcorn contains 1908 kJ/100g, so 40g would provide 763 kJ which represent 12,1% of the daily energy requirement of an adult woman who is trying to lose weight. According to the SA Food Tables, plain unbuttered popcorn contains 3.3g of saturated fat/100g. You will have to ask the attendants at your local cinema the following questions: a) How much this normal box contains in grams and if they use oil to pop their corn (I suspect they do!). You will then be able to calculate the energy content and the saturated fat content for yourself. The seasoning will not increase the kJ, but be careful of the high sodium content of all these seasonings.
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