Before you see this winter’s blockbusters, find out how the concession-stand treats stack up.
Soda vs. Slushie
The nutritional value of a cherry-flavored slushie is virtually identical to cola: Each drink has about 31⁄2 grams of sugar and 13 calories per ounce. But considering how much ice comes with a typical fountain soda, you’re likely to consume fewer ounces of cola from a small cup than you would a slushie.
The winneR: Soda (barely)
Popcorn vs. Pretzel Bites
Even a small bag of theater popcorn can have almost 500 calories and 27 grams of fat—and that’s before any butter topping! An order of pretzel bites contains about 420 calories but just 11⁄2 grams of fat (provided you skip the cheese, which adds an extra 110 calories and 8 grams of fat). If you can stick to five to seven pretzel bites, you’re better off.
The winneR: Pretzel bites
Reese’s Pieces vs. Peanut M&M’s
You’ll get protein from either choice: Reese’s Pieces have 15 grams per 4-ounce box, compared with 10 grams in a 31⁄2-ounce box of Peanut M&M’s. But Peanut M&M’s have about 16 percent less sugar than Reese’s Pieces.
The winneR: Peanut M&M’s
hot Dog vs. nachos
A serving of theater nachos can have up to 550 calories, 30 grams of fat and a whopping 1,060 milligrams of sodium. (One chain listed their nachos at 1,390 calories!) A typical theater dog has about 240 calories, 22 grams of fat and 620 milligrams of sodium,
so it’s the lesser evil.
The winneR: hot dog
Raisinets vs. Milk Duds
You might think that Raisinets are the better choice because they contain raisins, but you get only about 2 grams of fiber per 31⁄2-ounce box. A 3-ounce box of Milk Duds has 5 percent fewer calories, 121⁄2 percent less fat and 30 percent less sugar than
the chocolate-covered raisins.
The winneR: Milk Duds