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We all know that the bucket of popcorn sitting on our laps in the cinema isn’t going to be the healthiest thing in the world, but this latest research may shock you.
Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH) has looked into cinema popcorn, and the popcorn on sale in the shops, and has uncovered some shocking statistics regarding their salt and sugar levels.
According to their research, a large salted popcorn from the cinema can contain almost your entire daily intake of salt (6g)
The report showed that Cineworld’s large salted popcorn contained 5.1g of salt – which CASH said is the same as having 2 servings of a McDonald’s Big Mac and fries! Empire Cinemas had 3.7g of salt per pack and Vue’s large salted popcorn g 3.1g. Cineworld’s toffee popcorn was also highlighted in the research as it contains 121g of sugar per 200g pack, equivalent to 30 teaspoons of sugar.
And it’s not just cinema popcorn that came under fire. You will have noticed that supermarkets are stocking more and more ‘healthy’ popcorn varieties but CASH warns that some are not as healthy as they may seen.
Highlighted in the report as salt sinners were: Kitchen’s Sea Salt & Olive Oil (3.5g of salt per 100g) Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn White Cheese (3.45g of salt per 100g), Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn Wasabi Glaze (0.9g salt per 25g portion) and Pret A Manger Rock Salt Popcorn (0.8g salt per 29g portion)
Supermarket sugar sinners included: Morrisons Toffee Popcorn (32.5g of sugar per 50g portion, or eight teaspoons), Asda Chosen by You Toffee Popcorn (29g of sugar per 50g portion, or 7.3 teaspoons) and Aldi’s Popcorn Toffee (19g of sugar per 40g portion, or 4.8 teaspoons).
CASH chairman Graham MacGregor said: ‘This is a perfect example of the food industry taking something that is good for health and ruining it.’
Which? report on ‘healthy’ options
This news comes after a shocking Which? report which showed that there are a whole host of supermarket and fast food chain options disguising themselves as a healthy choice when in fact they are laden with hidden calories and fat.
The most alarming of these? Tesco’s 300g pot of Honey and Mustard Chicken Pasta, which contains a whopping 702 calories and 35.5g of fat, whilst a Big Mac has 508 calories and 25g of fat.
While this pot of pasta might seem like a healthier choice, it actually contains way more fat and calories than a Big Mac
We were shocked, horrified and a little bit embarrassed to see which foods are actually worse than the giant McDonald’s treat, and which are way more unhealthy than we first realised.
Worse than a Big Mac
Here’s all the treats that are actually worse than a Big Mac’s 508 calories and 25g of fat…
Wagamama Yasai Surendra’s Curry (717g) – 1,331 calories and 61.5g of fat
Wagamama Beef Teriyaki Donburi (595g) – 1,010 calories and 23g of fat
Tesco Cheese Coleslaw (300g) – 904 calories and 90g of fat
Tesco Tikka Masala and Pilau Rice (550g) – 886 calories and 37.1g of fat
Subway Italian B.M.T. 12″ inch sub (452g) – 792 calories and 33.6g of fat
Tesco Curried Noodles (400g) – 734 calories and 38.2g of fat
Tesco’s curried noodles contain a huge 734 calories!
Sainsbury’s Duck in Plum Sauce with Egg Fried Rice – 721 calories and 20.5g of fat
Sainsbury’s Chicken Jalfrazi (500g) – 708 calories and 26.8g of fat
Wagamama Pork Ribs (252g) – 702 calories and 42.9g of fat
Tesco Honey and Mustard Chicken Salad (300g) – 702 calories and 36.5g of fat
Sainsbury’s Apple, Raisin and Walnut Coleslaw (275g) – 698 calories and 61.1g of fat
Subway Tuna 12″ sub (466g) – 696 calories and 22.0g of fat
A 12″ tuna Sub contains a massive 696 calories and 22.0g of fat
Morrisons Coconut Milk (400g) – 688 calories and 69.2g of fat
Morrisons Tomato and Chicken Pasta (330g) – 683 calories and 38.6g of fat
Pret a Manger Posh Cheddar and Pickle on Artisan Baguette (235g) – 660 calories and 26.8g of fat
Tesco Beef Lasagne (450g) – 651 calories and 33.8g of fat
Asda Red Pepper Humous (200g) – 648 calories and 53.2g of fat
Asda Cheese Salad (380g) – 634 calories and 34.6g of fat
Pret a Manger Chicken Caesar and Bacon on Artisan Baguette (221g) – 622 calories and 26.1g of fat
It might seem like a relatively healthy option, but Pret’s baguette contains 26.1g of fat
Sharwoods Chicken Korma (375g) – 615 calories and 16.5g of fat
Tesco Chicken and Mushroom Hotpot (450g) – 605 calories and 29.3g of fat
Princes Tinned Chili Con Carni (400g) – 604 calories and 39.2g of fat
Sainsbury’s Natural Yoghurt (500g) – 600 calories and 46g of fat
Starbucks Venti White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream (semi skimmed) – 573 calories and 21.2g of fat
Sainsbury’s Classic Chicken Casserole (450g) – 568 calories and 24.3g of fat
Starbucks Southern Fried Chicken Ciabatta – 567 calories and 28.5g of fat
Pork chop, grilled (200g) – 558 calories and 38.0g of fat
Morrisons Kitchen Corned Beef Hash (450g) – 554 calories and 14.9g of fat
This corned beef hash contains 554 calories – not good for dieters!
Starbucks Sure As Eggs Is Eggs, Egg Sandwich – 535 calories and 33.0g of fat
Starbucks Almond Croissant – 525 calories and 26.1g of fat
Asda Classic Fish Pie (450g) – 518 calories and 23.0g of fat
Asda Ham and Mushroom Tagliatelle (400g) – 516 calories and 16.8g of fat
Pret a Manger Dijon Honey Dressing Pot (100g) – 515 calories and 53.6g of fat
Starbucks Chicken Caesar Wrap – 515 calories and 33.0g of fat
Tesco Coronation Rice (275g) – 512 calories and 23.8g of fat
Princes Tinned Stewed Steak (400g) – 508 calories and 22g of fat
Shocking calorie and fat levels
While these supermarket and takeaway options were not quite as bad as a Big Mac, we were shocked to see had high levels of fat and calories…
Asda Chicken and Bacon Pasta Salad (375g) – 502 calories and 24g of fat
Asda Classic Shepherd’s Pie (450g) – 496 calories and 23.4g of fat
MacDonalds Large Chocolate Milkshake – 488 calories and 11g of fat
This milkshake treat will set you back 488 calories!
Starbucks Roasted Almonds (75g) – 484 calories and 41.4g of fat
Morrisons Kitchen Slow Cooked Lamb in Red Wine and Rosemary Gravy Calories – 458 calories and 24.2g of fat
Sainsbury’s Egg and Bacon Sandwich Filler (230g) – 446 calories and 33.6g of fat
Morrisons Coronation Chicken Sandwich Filler (230g) – 427 calories and 23.5g of fat
Coca Cola (1 litre) – 420 calories and 0.0g of fat
7Up (1 litre) – 410 calories and 0.0g of fat
Sunny Delight Orange Juice (1 litre) – 370 calories and 0.5g of fat
Sainsbury’s Guacamole (170g) – 360 calories and 34.3g of fat
Avocado (160g) – 316 calories and 31.2g of fat
Sun-Pat Crunchy Peanut Butter (50g) – 304 calories and 24.1g of fat
Pret A Manger Orange Spiced Hot Chocolate (295g) – 280 calories and 5.9g of fat
Hellmann’s Mayonnaise (30g) – 216 calories and 23.6g of fat
Will this latest research change the way you think about picking up fast food or supermarket ready meals? Will you be making more from scratch? Let us know in the comments box below!