A healthy super bowl snack is like a gas friendly Hummer. There is no such animal.
Super bowl Sunday is the second biggest food fest in America with Thanksgiving as number one. We indulge ourselves as if it were the only Super Bowl of the year. If the gas produced form all the bean dip consumed on Super Bowl Sunday could be harnessed, we could end fracking now!
Here are some useful facts to bandy about during those lulls in your party.
According to the Snack Food Association, Americans double their average daily consumption of snacks on Super Bowl Sunday, consuming more than 33 million pounds of goodies in one day and that’s not counting the beer. This means if everyone at a super bowl party were to jump up in the air and come down at once, the result could nudge the Washington Monument plumb once again.
The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17. With the adult population at a little over 200 million we can back out 75% of the women who may not be football fans, which leaves us with about 125 million fans on this particular day. There will be about seven and a half million parties after which 4,866 cases of Pepto-Bismol will be consumed. This may be a record.
One important point here is that during the first time out of the game millions of us will go to the bathroom at the same time. This could cause a level drop in the Mississippi River that might make the barges that replenish the supply of snack foods to run aground. Not to worry, with the average shelf life of snack food, we can comfortably wait till the spring rains.
Boneless or bone in, wings are a perennial favorite. “20 billion wings are consumed every year, with 1 billion consumed on Super Bowl Sunday” so says Wing king Drew Cerza, who founded the National Buffalo Wing Festival .http://www.buffalowing.com/ Each party goer must consume a dozen wings or more to keep the record going. This is a no-brainer.
A buffalo wing is only part of a regulation size chicken wing and not a small helpless bird with tiny legs unable to outrun its captor.
The Calorie Control Council, we’re not making this up, tells us that potato chips, the number one snack, accounts for 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion fat grams which are more fat grams than are concentrated on the season opener of NBC’s ‘The Biggest Loser’.
Those 1.8 billion fat grams nationwide are the same as 4 million pounds of fat or an amount equal to the content of all the heads in Congress.
Five percent of viewers will watch the game alone. They can gorge themselves all they want and tell people they ‘snacked on carrots’. That extra weight will be lost among the average 6 pound gain during the previous holidays. What a great country, America!