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Calorie X-rating for Big Bucket Cinema Snacks

by Trilok Kapur on  March 1, 2010 at 5:53 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
 Calorie X-rating for Big Bucket Cinema Snacks
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) wants movie-goers to have more information about how many calories are in cinema snacks, and to cut down, as they are often high in fat, sugar or salt.
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The agency claims cinemas sell "pretty large portions" and don't provide the option for smaller choice.

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FSA chief executive Tim Smith insists cinema food is "a concern".

"Who would ever have thought of the idea of a family needing a wheelbarrow to go into a cinema?" the BBC News quoted him as saying.

He added: "There is a myth that popcorn is calorie-free but that is not the case."

A FSA spokesman said trips to the cinema were "occasional treats" for people, and that cinema meal "only represents a small amount of the nation's calories".

The rep added: "However, the food on offer at cinemas is food that is often high in fat, sugar and salt.

"It is also served in pretty large portions and people don't have a choice to choose something smaller, for example the smallest soft drink on offer can be as big as a pint and popcorn tends to come in large buckets.

"The FSA thinks it's a good idea that people should have more choice. If they want to order a smaller popcorn box or soft drink then it should be available."

The FSA is preparing a calorie labelling scheme some food businesses and will publish its final recommendations in the summer.

Source: ANI
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