Jan 292014

images (3)More than one hundred million will have a spread similar to this on Sunday when the Super Bowl event is broadcast.  Grocery stores everywhere have these items priced at low, low prices to make sure everyone enjoys the game with all the chips and dip and salsas they need and of course the sodas to wash it down with.  And don’t forget the chicken wings.  Super Bowl Sunday rivals Thanksgiving for the most food eaten in one sitting!  Gulp!

Often those spicy foods lead to acid reflux, indigestion and serious heartburn.    A new study suggests that the emotional stress fans feel after a loss may trigger fatal heart attacks, especially in people who already have heart disease.  A 2011 study that analyzed death records following the 1980 and 1985 Super Bowls reported increases in heart attack rates following those games.  And overindulging in all of those foods in a short amount of time (like fatty chips, dips, etc) can lead to incredibly uncomfortable bouts of constipation and diarrhea.   Not a pleasant thought!

Roughly one-third of the ads that everyone will be watching will be about the foods made from Doritos, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Snickers, and Budweiser.  In fact, the ads are part of the entertainment of the actual event.  These ads are watched as carefully as the game.  Pretty good marketing!  (Super Bowl sponsors pay 2.5 million per ad!)

We all know that these foods are loaded with calories, sugar, sodium, and fat, yet we are drawn by these ads (and we enjoy the taste) to consume them.  Should we be concerned?  Dr. Mercola calls Pringles “cancer in a can.”   In this article he states that one of the most hazardous ingredients in potato chips is not intentionally added, but rather is a byproduct of the processing. Acrylamide, a cancer-causing and potentially neurotoxic chemical, is created when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures, whether baked, fried, roasted or toasted.

Wonder how much acrylamide you are consuming?  The federal limit for acrylamide in drinking water is 0.5 parts per billion, or about 0.12 micrograms in an eight-ounce glass of water. However, a six-ounce serving of French fries can contain 60 micrograms of acrylamide, or about FIVE HUNDRED times over the allowable limit.

The 2005 report “How Potato Chips Stack Up: Levels of Cancer-Causing Acrylamide in Popular Brands of Potato Chips,” issued by the California-based Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), spelled out the dangers of this popular snack. Their analysis found that all potato chip products tested exceeded the legal limit of acrylamide by a minimum of 39 times, and as much as 910 times!   Who knew?

Rather than dwell on all of the evils of junk food, I thought I would include a delightful video from CNN sharing some great healthy food alternatives ~ they really do look easy AND delicious! Tell me what you think and if you try the any of them, I would love to hear about it. I plan to make a few myself.  Meanwhile, relax and enjoy the game!  (I also included a recipe that sounded tasty as well  :)

Zucchini Fries (compliments of Health Magazine)

2 zucchini
1 egg white
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
Vegetable cooking spray


Preheat oven to 425°. Cut zucchini into 3-inch sticks. Whisk an egg white in a small bowl, and add milk. Combine Parmesan and seasoned breadcrumbs in a separate bowl. Dip zucchini sticks into egg mixture, and then roll in breadcrumb mixture. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, and place zucchini on sheet. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until golden brown.

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