The Super Bowl of Snacking
By gigabiting on February 01, 2013
On Super Bowl Sunday we're not so much armchair quarterbacks as snack bowl linebackers.
For most fans the broadcast is an excuse to eat a full day's worth of calories one tortilla chip and chicken wing at a time.
Of course you're no linebacker bulking up for the big game. But if you were— or a cheerleader, or even just a wildly enthusiastic fan—these are the football-related activities that it would take to burn the calories.
We'll consume 27 billion calories just from potato chips. Forget about the carbs; the fat content alone contributes the calories to create four million new pounds of fat on American bodies. To burn off just a small handful of chips with French onion dip you'd have to ride a bicycle from the New Orleans airport to the Super Dome and back.
Who doesn't love a good pig in a blanket? It takes about a half hour of tossing around a football to burn off each little pastry-wrapped sausage.
You're looking at a graph of 52 weeks of chicken wing sales. Note the spike? That would be the week leading up to the last Super Bowl. Paint the faces of eight rabid Ravens fans and you'll burn the calories contained in a single chicken wing that's been fried and drenched in Buffalo sauce. Unfortunately there aren't enough football fans on the planet to make up for the 1.23 billion wings that will be eaten this Super Bowl Sunday.
Once the hors d’oeuvre of choice for Grandma's bridge club, deviled eggs have become a Sunday staple during football season. Jogging the length of the football field 20 times will burn the calories from two stuffed halves of an egg.
Guacamole has risen through the Super Bowl snack ranks in short order. From a mere 8 million pounds a decade ago, this year we'll be mashing 79 million pounds of avocados into dip, helped by having San Francisco in this year's championship. Figure on 10 minutes of climbing stadium stairs to burn a quarter cup of guacamole.
Pizzerias are always the big winners. Super Bowl Sunday is their busiest day of the year by leaps and bounds. One in seven Americans orders take-out and most of it is pizza. If you played the French horn in a marching band for the duration of the game, the exercise would earn you a couple of slices.
The nation's beer tab will be more than id="mce_marker"0 billion for Super Bowl Sunday. That's 50 million cases, but it's still only good enough to rank eighth on the list of beer-drinking holidays, mostly due to the season. The warm weather holidays of 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Fathers Day hold down the top spots. If you do your part with a 12 oz. beer each quarter, you'd have to do 'the wave' 2,853 times to burn the calories in those four bottles of beer.
Chips, dips, wings, beer... it's no wonder that 6 percent of Americans will call in sick for work on Monday morning.
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