Chili. Wings. Finger foods. Chips and dip. We’ve all seen the buffet line at game-day get-togethers. But, according to USA Today, “in 2005, 68 percent of Super Bowl partygoers preferred pizza as their game-day meal.”
Here are some Super Bowl facts: “Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption behind Thanksgiving." (American Institute of Food Distribution)
“Sports fans spend more than $50 million on food during the four days of Super Bowl weekend." (Bestlines Sports International)
OK, let’s get beyond the pesky, guilt-causing question about how much food for the hungry $50 million could buy if Super Bowl partygoers would just cut back to peanuts, pretzels and potato chips. Those who answer “a lot” would have a point. But it isn’t going to happen.
So let’s start the study of our gluttony.
A party favorite
Chili. Wings. Finger foods. Chips and dip. We’ve all seen the buffet line at game-day get-togethers.
But, according to USA Today, “in 2005, 68 percent of Super Bowl partygoers preferred pizza as their game-day meal.”
Granted, that fact was sent out to media types by Donatos Pizza. But, if USA Today still thinks it’s a fact, who am I to downgrade it to an ad?
The point is that quite a few parties will be going on Sunday. And at each of them, the host’s tables and counters will be full of food. I’d say a pound or two for each of us. Later it will linger on us.
So, we must all eat smart. Employ, for example, the Ostrich Principle and eat when no one is looking, when the calories don’t count.
“According to research by the Calorie Control Council and the Snack Food Association, Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks on the big game day, but they need not be unhealthy.”
Please, stop reading this now if healthful food offends you. The company that sent this fact was the maker of chips made out of a “little known grain called Salba,” which has “high levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, protein, calcium and iron.”
Those are things, the release said, that make Salba “the only food (including grains, vegetables and fruits) that is part of each of the six groups of the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.”
This is the sort of fact that could make people turn down invitations to your Super Bowl party if they just catch you just reading a column about the Salba press release. And that release, by the way, went on to talk about cutting up your veggies — bell peppers, celery, carrots and jicama — the night before your party.
It suggested, too, that you keep a cooler next to the TV during the game that is filled with low-calorie canned drinks.
People, come back
These are not my suggestions.
I don’t care if Salba offers “three times more iron than spinach” and “15 times more magnesium than broccoli.” You only need to replace those things in your diet if you actually are eating them. And I need to be distracted by something more important than the biggest football game of the year to make that mistake.
Besides, I’m going to have a pizza Sunday.
And even if 68 percent of Super Bowl partygoers try to force it down my throat, that pizza isn’t going to have jicama as one of its toppings.
Reach Gary Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org