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An 8,000 Calorie Celebration of Football

How much cheese will we eat today?
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Football, halftime performances, high-calorie foods, and alcoholic drinks. Whether you choose to slice it, dip it, or dice it, the amount of food consumed on Super Bowl Sunday is alarming. Restaurants and supermarkets say that they sell alot of food during football season in general, but nothing compares to  Super Bowl weekend. 

With all party foods and decorations, Americans spend an estimated $14.8 billion on Super Bowl food, drinks, and decorations. Around 28 million pounds of potato chips, 88 million pounds of cheese, 1.38 billion chicken wings, 325.5 million gallons of beer, and 12.5 million pizzas that are consumed during Superbowl weekend in the U.S. The average American may consume around 8,000 calories in beer, chips, pizza, and other Super Bowl spreads. The average American typically eats around 3,000 calories a day, so on Super Bowl alone may increase that intake by 5,000 or more additional calories. 

Before 1950, chicken wings were incredibly expensive, difficult to cook, and not particularly liked by Americnsa. Although in the 70s culinary interest in chicken wings rapidly increased.  Since, the savory snack has become a staple food of Super Bowl Sunday. Today a total of 1.38 billion chicken wings are consumed on the day of the Super Bowl,  enough to place 693 wings on every seat in all 30 NFL stadiums.

The same could be said for drinks consumed on the night of the Super Bowl. Over 325 million gallons of beer are drunk and the number is increasing every year. This much beer could fill an Olympic sized swimming pool almost 2,000 times. 

And by the way, not everyone drinks beer, so around $2.3 million is spent on sodas, juices, and other super bowl beverages.

This Super Bowl, as food markets and restaurants reap the benefits of whirlwind of sales, what will you be eating this Sunday?

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