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Bad news for popcorn lovers...

Popcorn is not the healthy snack that many people believe it to be and some popular brands contain very high levels of salt and sugar, researchers have said.

Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH) found some cinema popcorn contains nearly 30 teaspoons of sugar - more than would be found in three cans of cola.

The same cinema chain's large salted popcorn contains nearly the maximum daily recommended intake of salt for an adult, which CASH said was the equivalent of two McDonald's Big Macs and fries - with nearly the same amount of calories. The group accused the food industry of "disguising highly processed snacks like popcorn with a healthy halo".