Every time you walk into an AMC movie theater, you immediately smell the enticing scent of popcorn. But AMC popcorn calories are high, even the popcorn cooked in canola oil with no butter added. You might want to think twice about purchasing a tub, despite the tantalizing aroma.
AMC Popcorn Calories
Gourmet popcorn popped in canola oil, AMC movie theaters' number one bestseller contains a high number of calories and a high percentage of them come from fat. The AMC popcorn sizes, AMC popcorn calorie counts and AMC popcorn nutrition information are as follows:
Plain popcorn, no butter, medium: 600 calories, 440 calories from fat, 27 grams of total fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 8 grams
of monounsaturated fat
Plain popcorn, no butter, tub (170 ounces): 980 calories, 390 calories from fat, 44 grams of total fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams of monounsaturated fat
Plain popcorn, no butter, refillable tub (190 ounces): 1,090 calories, 440 calories from fat, 49 grams of total fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 28 grams of monounsaturated fat
AMC also serves other types of popcorn popped in canola oil. House-made caramel corn from small to large sizes range from 1,120 to 2,630 calories. The saturated fat content ranges from 9 to 20 grams. House made cheese corn from small to medium sizes range from 680 to 1,600 calories. The saturated fat content ranges from 20 to 47 grams.
AMC also offers gourmet popcorn popped in coconut oil, depending on the location, but calorie counts are similar to those popped in canola oil. The saturated fat count does rise substantially, however:
- 19 grams of saturated fat for plain popcorn, no butter, medium
- 31 grams of saturated fat for plain popcorn, no butter, tub
- 35 grams of saturated fat for plain popcorn, no butter, refillable tub
According to the American Heart Association, you should aim for a dietary pattern achieving only 5 to 6 percent of total calories from saturated fat. This means that if you follow a 2,000 calories per day diet, you shouldn't consume more than 120 calories from saturated fat, which is approximately 13 grams.
As a comparison, a small bag of popcorn at Cinemark contains 160 calories. Harkins Theater's 46-ounce small popcorn contains 290 calories. Regal Cinemas' popcorn nutrition is 670 calories for a small bag, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
What to Add to Popcorn
Rather than pay big bucks for big amounts of unhealthy popcorn, you can make your own and still generate a flavor that soars without adding oil and butter. The following toppings offer health benefits and a little kick of seasoning without all the calories:
Garlic powder. According to a March 2018 review of garlic studies published in Neurological Research, researchers suggest that garlic and its preparations, such as in powder form, can help those in treatment for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, and might reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event.
Cheese. You can eat healthy cheese. Sprinkling 1 tablespoon of fat-free Parmesan cheese over popcorn will provide you with only 18.5 calories and add 2 grams of protein to your diet, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Herbs. According to a March 2019 study published in the Journal of AOAC International, culinary herbs can protect from acute and chronic diseases. They also possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and glucose and cholesterol-lowering activities.
Read more: 12 Ways to Make Popcorn More Exciting
- AMC: “AMC Theaters – Nutrition Information”
- American Heart Association: “Saturated Fat”
- Cinemark: “Cinemark Nutritional Information”
- Harkins Theaters: “Nutritional Information”
- Center for Science in the Public Interest: “Big: Movie Theaters Fill Buckets…and Bellies”
- Neurological Research: "A Mini Review: Garlic Extract and Vascular Diseases"
- Journal of AOAC International: "Health Benefits of Culinary Herbs and Spices"
- United States Department of Agriculture:"Parmesan Cheese Topping, Fat Free"