I want to credit AMC Theatres for making its calorie counts legible and fairly straightforward. This did not come without a fight, as the Republican party in California suggested that the public doesn't need such information in movie theatres; what do we think this is, Russia? Americans need their freedoms! But that fight's over, and the calorie counts are posted.
They are shocking. And enlightening.
|Extra Cheese is a meal in itself|
Movie nachos with a large Coke have 2470 calories total -- about 25% more calories than the average person should eat in an entire day.
In fact, the large movie-theatre Coke reinforces why New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban such sizes: By itself, it has 1080 calories -- nearly twice as much as a McDonald's Big Mac (550 calories, and at least some nutritional value). Patrons might fool themselves by reading 0-1080 calories; that's because diet drinks have 0.
Gotta wonder how many people enjoyed movie nachos and a giant Coke while watching "The Hunger Games."