Heading to the Movies This Weekend? Popcorn Smarts
May 15, 2009Nutrition & Movement
Sheryl Kraft, a freelance writer and breast cancer survivor, was born in Long Beach, New York. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband Alan and dog Chloe, where her nest is empty of her two sons Jonathan. Sheryl writes articles and essays on breast cancer and contributes to a variety of publications and websites where she writes on general health and wellness issues. She earned her MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2005.Full Bio
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If you're heading to see a movie this weekend, you might want to reconsider your popcorn portion. (Sorry, I love it, too, but this makes me think twice).
Researchers at Cornell University, when they studied portion size, found that even if the popcorn was stale, moviegoers ate 34 percent more from big buckets than those who were served the same popcorn from medium-sized containers. And if the popcorn was fresh, the rate climbed to 45 percent more.
What does this all mean? Regardless of taste, portion size influences intake. Fresh or stale, tasty or not, some people, when served a large portion, might consume more than they really might need or want. And they may not even be aware of it, because subjects reported they'd eat the same amount if they'd been given a medium container.
Just order a small bag. Chances are you'll be just as satisfied. And oh, say these three words: "hold the butter." (Please.)