Ask the Experts: Super Bowl eating
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year. There are some shocking statistics when it comes to how much we eat.
Blame it on the popcorn or whatever Super Bowl snack foods you choose, Mashable.com estimates we eat enough popcorn to fill almost 14 million movie theater large buckets. We eat enough pizza to stretch further than the mileage from Ohio to Florida and enough chicken wings to give everyone in the country three of them to eat.
We eat enough avocados to equal the weight of 400,000 offensive linemen, the average weight of which is 310 pounds. Add that up and it means, "on average, an American that watches the Super Bowl, eats about 2,400 calories and 120 grams of fat, just watching the game."
Karolin Saweres is a registered dietitian. She says that amount of fat and calories, "it's more than what we should eat in a whole day."
Saweres points out that there are sort of nutritional landmines on this day, with pizza, wings, chips and dips. There are lots of lower fat alternatives that are good choices or you could eat less of the regular foods. You may also want to reduce your alcohol intake and not just for the calories. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions and that can mean your inhibitions for eating less food.
In fact, according to Mashable, we drink enough beer on Super Bowl Sunday, that if you let it flow for seven minutes, it would nearly equal the number of gallons of water that flow over Niagara Falls every second.
To cut back, "you can also alternate lower calorie drinks with beer". Add veggies to your pizza and use them for dipping too. "You can also make your own skinny avocado dip using avocados and zucchini.
If that won't work for you, just pace yourself. The game is at night and most of us start eating Super Bowl foods on Super Bowl Sunday, before noon.
One more tip. Nuts are another big game day food. We eat enough to fill two million jars of peanut butter. But nuts have good fat and those who eat them tend to have slimmer waists than those who don't eat them.