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Dear Hungry Girl,

Last week you wrote about movie popcorn.  I  was wondering if ordering popcorn without butter makes it a healthy movie snack? 

Konfused about the Kernels

Dear Konfused,

Any way you slice it, movie theater popcorn is a no-no!  Sad as it is, even if you get that stuff WITHOUT that so-called "butter topping,"  you're still going to take in an enormous amount of fat and calories.  Here's the scoop:  Butterless movie theater popcorn has almost THREE times the calories and about NINE TIMES the fat as our recommended lowfat microwave popcorns.  And, the serving sizes are so huge that the  nutritionals are astronomical!   A medium popcorn (16 cups) sans "butter" contains about 900 calories and 60g of fat!  That's NUTS.  So, movie theater  popcorn is a BIG FAT mistake, no matter how you order it.  Even those  tremendous king size candy boxes and bars at the concession stand don't contain nearly as much fat as the no-butter popcorn.  Quite a scary fact.  But one you need to know.  Beware!

Dear Hungry Girl,

What, in your opinion, are some of the most dangerous foods?

Wary in Wisconsin
Dear Wary,

There are the obvious dangerous foods, of course.  Mayo, cheese, fast food, cookies, cakes and candies are some of those. I think  the most dangerous foods, though, are ones that are not that bad for you (or even healthy), but can really cause you to take in too many calories.  It's waaayyy too easy to rack up calories eating fat free chips and pretzels, for example.  They're fat free, so it's easy to justify shoveling down more of them than you normally would.  Tons of people (myself included) have eaten entire bags of fat free salty snacks in one sitting.  Another dangerous food is peanut butter.  Now, don't get me wrong; peanut butter is good for you. Full of protein, good carbs, fiber and good fats, it's great to have a tablespoon with an apple or on a toasted whole grain english muffin.  The problem is, it's hard to stop at just one tablespoon.  It's easy to put two or three on your sandwich.  And those calories add up quickly with just under 100 calories in each tablespoon of peanut butter.  Foods with more than one serving per container can also be a bit scary. It's just too hard to serve up 1/2 a cup of ice cream, 3/4 cup of cereal or 1/12 of a cake.  While 120 calories isn't bad for a serving of cereal, in reality you'd probably have to double it to 240 to reflect your actual serving size.  No matter what you're eating, always be careful with serving sizes.  Hope that helps!


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