Super Bowl Sunday Could Mean Super Calories

Super Bowl Sunday Could Mean Super Calories
Super Bowl Sunday Could Mean Super Calories

Super Bowl Sunday is reported to be the second biggest food day for Americans after Thanksgiving, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The average American may consume as much as 2,400 calories during the game — more than the daily caloric requirement.

The Calorie Control Council had previously reported on a 1,200 calorie snack menu consisting of potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels, popcorn, and nuts. This year, however, the Council studied a larger food spread. A somewhat moderate party menu, which may include pizza, chicken wings, potato chips, beef nachos, beer, or soda, adds up to over 2,400 calories and 121g of fat according to the USDA National Nutrient Database.

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Some of the popular food items named in a recent NPD Group survey are:

 ITEM   SERVING   CALORIES   FAT 
 Pepperoni pizza   2 slices  596  24.3g
 Regular beer  3 cans (12oz)   458  0g
 Regular soda  3 cans (12oz)  420  0g
 Tortilla chips  3 servings (11-13 chips/serving)   418  18.3g 
 Potato chips  3 servings (11-13 chips/serving)     465  31.9g  
 Cheese dip  1/4 cup  73  5.5g
 Seven layer dip  1/4 cup  76  4g
 Fried hot wings with blue cheese dip     6 wings   570  40g
 Pigs in a blanket  5  650  40g
 Beef nachos  1 serving  430  25g
 BBQ sandwiches  1 regular sandwich  437  16g
 Meatballs  4  160  12g
 Veggie tray  4 celery sticks w/ ranch dip  69  7g
 Brownies or cake  2 brownies (4" square)  447  30g
 Cupcake  1 cupcake  200  9g

Planning the food menu to incorporate lower calorie appetizers and beverages in advance can help cut the calories consumed on game day.

For more information visit CalorieControl.org.