Theater owners have made it plain that they intend to ignore a new study showing that the popcorn they sell at their concession stands is loaded with calories and saturated fat. The study, conducted for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, disclosed that a large popcorn at the AMC theater chain contains 1,030 calories and 57 grams of saturated fat. However, the study found that a large popcorn at Cinemark theaters, which uses canola oil, contains only 4 grams of saturated fat -- despite the fact that it contains one more cup of popcorn than AMC's. Responding to the study, the National Association of Theatre Owners said in a statement that after results of a similar study were released in 1994, "many cinema operators responded by offering patrons additional choices, such as air-popped popcorn. After very little time, movie patrons in droves made their voices heard - they wanted the traditional popcorn back. Many of our patrons enjoy the traditional taste and aroma of theater popcorn."
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