So the FDA is finalizing rules on calorie counts for foods contained in vending machines, movie theatres, etc., which I think most people would consider either a good thing or no big deal. This, however, has deeply upset the glibertarian sect, and you can read their extended plaintive wail here, but what made me laugh out loud was the closing line:
And one final indignity: Every menu must also include this verbiage: “2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary.”
FSM spare us all from this evil.
BTW, a bonus middle finger to the folks at the NY Times for this headline: “F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies.”
Do you have any idea how many calories are in a serving of movie popcorn? I’ll tell you. A shitload:
When we microwave a bag of popcorn at home, calorie counts seem generally reasonable, so we assume that the same deal applies in the theater.
We took a look at some of the calorie counts from movie-theater popcorn sold at national theater chains via MyFitnessPal, and the results are pretty shocking. For example, a small popcorn, without butter, from AMC weighs in at 225 calories and 11 grams of fat. Crank it up to a medium and you’re up to about 430 calories and 20 grams of fat. A large AMC popcorn, without butter, contains 1,030 calories and 41 grams of fat.
And you shouldn’t be eating microwave popcorn at home, as many of you informed me last year.