1.25 Billion Chicken Wings? The Vast Amounts of Crappy Food Americans Consume on Super Bowl Sunday
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- If you eat three fried mac-and-cheese balls you'll need to run the equivalent of 249 football fields.
- Three slices of Pizza Hut's Meat Lovers Pizza means 1,229 minutes of Tebowing.
- Drinking a six-pack of Bud is going to cost you 4,280 repetitions of "the wave."
- If you eat 10 potato chips with onion dip you'll need to dance for 134 minutes to Madonna's halftime show.
- Five tortilla chips with seven-layer dip will mean 110 minutes spent cleaning up the stadium post game.
Of course, there are other ways to enjoy the game without making Anheuser-Busch and Kraft foods any richer. If you want to limit the damage to your health and to the environment, trying ditching the meat and dairy (or cutting back). Big Meat really doesn't need your help, but the animals do. There are great Web sites with recipes for vegan and vegetarian food perfect for game day. (This may be the best recipe ever for vegetarian meatballs -- I'd recommend serving it Swedish style, with dipping sauces.)
And all those food rules that apply on the other 364 days of the year still apply on Super Bowl Sunday. Eat and drink locally -- support your local pizzeria or sandwich shop or brewery or farmers' market; make food with friends; eat organic; don't forget your veggies; pick real foods over processed foods. If you're a calorie counter then before the game take your dog for a walk, go for a run, take a hike or throw the ball around.
While you're enjoying the game, don't forget the politics. As the Giants and the Pats battle it out in Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium there will likely be protests in the state of Indiana over the governor's signing of an anti-worker and anti-union law on February 1. Even 50 million cases of beer can't make that law any easier to swallow.