ATLANTA (January 21, 2014) — Every year, Americans happily gather at parties for Super Bowl Sunday to eat, drink and watch football history be made. Unfortunately, aside from taking in the big game, they’re also taking in some really big calories. As Super Bowl viewership has grown over the years, so have Super Bowl Parties. In that spirit, the Calorie Control Council (CCC) decided to re-look at a sample food spread from pre-game, all the way to post game analysis time. The results are shocking, and the calorie counts much higher than previous years. Even a relatively modest consumption of Super Bowl fare, including pizza, potato chips, beef nachos and sodas adds up to more than 2,000 calories and 81 g of fat on game day — and many football fans eat more than that.
If 111 million Americans watch the Super Bowl this year, this breaks down to 20.8 million pounds of potato chips and 20.8 million pounds of tortilla chips -and it includes fan favorites like pizza, beer, nachos, dips, sodas, pigs in a blanket and other party staples. That totals to a nationwide consumption of about 64 million pounds of fat, or the equivalent of 214,082 National Football League (NFL) offensive linemen at 300 pounds each.
Here’s a breakdown of a sample Super Bowl party menu by portions:
The CCC recommends pre-planning your Super Bowl event and menu to include lower calorie appetizers and beverages. When it comes to recipes, it is possible to cut the calories without cutting the flavor. Thanks to the internet, it is so easy to find many recipes “made over” healthy, that there’s no excuse not to.
Theresa Hedrick, a registered dietitian with the Calorie Control Council, recommends the following tips:
Fans can check out The Skinny on Low Cal’s game day menu ideas to find a list of low-calorie recipes perfect for your Super Bowl party.