I wait all year long to watch the Super Bowl. Part of the allure is the game itself – I’m a huge football fan. The other big draw for me would be the commercials. I love to see how imaginative and creative the companies become, all in an effort to get your attention and your future purchases. Have you noticed, though, that the vast majority of the foods featured in the Super Bowl commercials aren’t healthy? Let’s take a look at some of them.
Doritos – One serving of Doritos is one ounce, between 12 and 14 chips. With 150 calories, 7 grams of fat and 18 grams of carbohydrates, these salty chips make it difficult to stop at one serving.
Coke/Pepsi – Soda is a dieter’s worst nightmare. It’s full of high fructose corn syrup and caffeine and the carbonation can cause stomach troubles. One 12 ounce can of Coke contains 143 calories, one can of Pepsi contains 150 calories and each has more than 40 grams of carbohydrates.
Bud Light – Beer has historically been a calorie bomb, and even the lighter versions aren’t so great. One 12 ounce bottle has 110 calories, 0 grams of fat and 6.6 grams of carbohydrates. The trouble comes when you have more than one, and who can have just one?
Pizza Hut – This greasy cheesy pie is a dieter’s nightmare. One slice of pan crust cheese and sauce pizza is 390 calories, with 13 grams of fat and 29 grams of carbohydrates. Thin crust pizza is a little better, with 200 calories and 8 grams of fat and 21 carbohydrates. If you really must have pizza, load it up with veggies and reduce the amount of cheese- or better yet, have a no sauce version.
Denny’s – For two years now, Denny’s has offered a free Grand Slam breakfast to customers on the Tuesday after the big game. This breakfast of doubles (2 pancakes, 2 bacon strips, 2 sausage links and 2 fried eggs) serves up close to 800 calories, 50 grams of fat and 65 grams of carbohydrates. This promotion served more than 2 million consumers last year.
Enjoy the game, but don’t let the commercials ruin your diet!
February 1st, 2011