Super Bowl Parties: Don't Forget the Dip
The teams and fans aren't the only ones who eagerly look forward to the game. Super Bowl Sunday is for hosting parties, and it's also a favorite day of restaurants, bars and food retailers. A long television program, plus a gathering of friends of family equals lots of food.
But the amount of food Americans eat during the game is staggering. Research released just before the 2020 Super Bowl suggested that the average football fan would eat about 10,821 calories and 180 grams of saturated fat during the game. That's four and half times the recommended daily calorie intake. The research came from LetsGetChecked, a direct-to-consumer health testing and insights company, which polled 1,000 Americans who planned to watch the 2020 game.
They also asked Americans what they planned to eat:
- 2.7 portions of hot wings
- 3.2 slices of pizza
- 2.1 portions of fries
- 3.4 bags of chips
- 1.9 portions of chilli
- 2.4 burgers
- 1.7 sliders
- 2 hot dogs
- 2.7 portions of nachos
- 3 pieces of fried chicken
- 1.8 ribs
- 1.7 sausages
- 1.6 slices of cake
- 1.8 brownies
- 1.8 bowls of ice cream
- 2.3 portions of salad
- 2.1 subs
- 1.7 bags of sweets
- 1.9 bars of chocolate
That's a ton of food for one day, which is why it should be no surprise that most football fans said they planned to overindulge on game day. The Snack Food Association put the total consumed at a more modest 2,400 calories in 2021, but that still made Super Bowl Sunday the day of the year with the highest calorie consumption, next to Thanksgiving.
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