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Super Bowl Parties: Don't Forget the Dip

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Super Bowl parties and eating are as much a part of the Sunday ritual as the game itself. Philip Pacheco/Getty Images

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 big 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.

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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.

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Originally Published: Jan 24, 2004

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Who won Super Bowl 52?
The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52 aka Super Bowl LII.
Who won last year's Super Bowl 2019?
The New England Patriots won Super Bowl 2019, aka Super Bowl LIII.
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Who won Super Bowl 2020?
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