So I don’t get to the movies much anymore. The last movie I saw was “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” with my youngest (good movie for kids and adults– highly recommended). When she and I go to a movie, we always get a bag of popcorn to split. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
But, the killjoys over at the Center for Science in the Public Interest have analyzed the popcorn and have determined it’s probably the worst thing you can eat. I pretty much figured when you go to the spigot and spray that golden-hued buttery liquid on the popcorn, I’m going to feel it oozing through my pores sometime later in the day (Hey, I’m sweating artificial butter flavoring!) But it’s a guilty pleasure for an uncommon event. But the CSPI folks would rather you eat boiled lentils with a coating of flaxseed oil rather than let us enjoy our treat on our special day. I’m not saying we should eat this stuff on a daily basis, but I am saying that regulating an occasional indulgence seems overly critical.
And I have to take issue with the name “Center for Science in the Public Interest”. If you look at their website, you’re treated to a group that are obsessed with what you eat. The entire side menu comprises of food-related topics (with the exception of Integrity in Science, which watchdogs for conflicts of interests). Effectively, the CSPI is going to do what it can to make sure you don’t eat candy, drink soda, eat popcorn, use salt, drink booze, or benefit from the advances of genetically engineering your crops. The dubious “Eating Green” tab sums up the CSPI’s political interests. This isn’t science (which is a broad term with many specialized areas). This is nutrition science, not general science. The name itself is misleading.
As we grow closer to a nationalized health care system, please be aware that these types of lobbyists will have a say on what kind of food is sold, as the population must eat well to stay healthy. So expect your Dolly Madison Snack Cakes to vanish from store aisles, as well as any carbonated beverage, as the government forces milk upon you. And when you go to the movies, be sure to pick up the Big Salad to split with your kids while watching the film.