Super Bowl Snacks That Don't Put Health on the Sidelines

From Drugs.com - February 2, 2018

Super Bowl Snacks That Do not Put Health on the Sidelines

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 -- Super Bowl Sunday is synonymous with greasy chicken wings, calorie-laden chili, salty potato chips and sugary brownies -- but experts say there's no reason you ca not enjoy tasty fare without sending your body into a nutritional tailspin.

"On any given day, you normally consume 7 percent to 10 percent of fat as part of your total calories for the day," said Nidhi Gupta, clinical nutrition manager at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. "On game day, you are looking at putting 2,000 calories on your scoreboard with 100 grams of fat."

Along with lots of extra calories, there's loads of salt to worry about, Gupta added.

"On Super Bowl Sunday, sports fans can take in more salt than any other day of the season. If you have hypertension, you need to be aware of how much is too much," Gupta said. "Your blood pressure will rise enough during the game on every touchdown; you do not need to add to your blood pressure score.

"Luckily, there are healthier, more creative alternatives to make sure you wo not need a Hail Mary to get you out of your food coma come Monday," Gupta added.

Nutritionist Stephanie Schiff agreed.

"There's no reason you ca not serve dishes that are still delicious and fun, but that are not calorie, fat or salt bombs," said Schiff, from Northwell Health's Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y. "Healthy does not have to mean boring."

Where to start trimming the fat, salt and sugar from your favorite football-watching recipes?

If making chili, try substituting ground turkey meat for beef and load the pot up with white beans, Schiff suggested.


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