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By KYLE MELANSON
If your New Year’s resolution was to eat healthy, it might be a safe bet to lock yourself in your room with a supply of carrots and oats this Sunday.
Super Bowl Sunday is here, and as football fans prepare to watch the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks fight for glory, they will also prepare their stomachs for 100 yards worth of food.
Pizza, chicken wings, chips, macaroni and cheese, dips and beer are traditionally the go-to foods for many households.
Libby Robichaud, 20, a General Arts and Science student here, says the game is a food and family event.
“Mom always makes chili. And we usually have pizza, wings, chips and dip.”
According to Domino’s Pizza’s website, the pizza company sells more than 11 million pizza slices during the game, which is 80 per cent more than any other Sunday of the year.
The National Chicken Council estimated that more than 1.23 billion chicken wings would be eaten during last year’s game.
Food has become as much a part of Super Bowl Sunday as the game itself.
Tony Davis, 23, of Welland, says he gets the same meal every year.
“I always get Chinese food for the game. It’s cheap and you always get enough for two more meals.”
What many don’t realize or just turn a blind eye towards is how many calories it’s possible to consume during the three-hour game if one is not careful.
According to Pizza Pizza’s nutritional facts, one slice of pepperoni pizza equals 230 calories. Their classic chicken wings come in at 380 calories for every six wings and 740 calories for six breaded wings.
Let’s be honest here — pizza is the Lay’s potato chip of food, you can’t have just one. Add in a few beers and you are close to consuming your daily caloric intake of 2,000 calories by 9 p.m. That’s not including the chips and dip.
But on game night, no one is counting calories — even people who do not like football enjoy the excuse to eat good food.
Chris Barrett, 21, of Niagara Falls, says he could care less who wins.
“I don’t like football really, but my mom makes a ton of food for the game. We have homemade steak pizza or chicken wing pizza. On top of that we have chili, guacamole, salsa and chips.”
Barrett says he doesn’t think about the calories he’s eating.
“I don’t eat like this every night, so I don’t see any harm.”
Much like Thanksgiving and Christmas, Super Bowl Sunday gives you a free pass to eat whatever you want with the comfort of knowing many others across North America are doing the same. Even if the game is one-sided or your team loses, you can rest easy with the comfort of knowing your favorite food is there to help ease the sting.