Friday, February 3, 2012

The Super Bowl is Super Bad for you

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Even people who aren't necessarily fans of football, know what this weekend is; that’s right, the Super Bowl. There are many people who will only watch one game a year and this Sunday will be the one, because it is such a large part of our society to go to parties, bars or restaurants to watch this game. While the players on the field will be pushing their bodies to the limits, and burning calories at a dramatic rate, those of us at home will likely be doing to opposite. We have built the Super Bowl up to be one of the most watched events in the world, and with the game and its funny commercials comes food. Not just a little food, but massive amounts of food that is packed with badforyouness.According to, the average Super Bowl watcher will consume around 1,200 calories while “snacking”.  A few other fun facts include:

           “Football fans are expected to eat an estimated 69.6 million pounds of avocados during this year’s Super Bowl (mostly in guacamole). The most popular take-out and delivery items on Super Bowl Sunday are pizza, chicken wings, and sandwiches. It is estimated that Americans will eat 90 million pounds of chicken wings, which breaks down to 450 million individual wings! An astounding 14,500 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday. Budweiser has been the exclusive Super Bowl beer advertiser for the past 17 years, and will continue to be until at least 2014. Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest winter grilling day of the year.”

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Now those in the health field are going to say try substituting chicken wings for celery and other non-comparable food items to fight back against the monster calorie foods, but in all reality, very few people are going to have a stick of celery over a breaded or fried chicken wing, dipped in ranch. So my advice for those hungry game watchers is to take the game on in moderation and only have a few different things at the party. Don’t eat a whole plate of wings, or half the container of 7 layer dip, but instead try a bit of each and be done. So go root on your team and don’t hog out on Sunday.

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