• Sun, Feb 6 2011

7 Surprising Super Bowl Food Facts

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Chowing down while watching the big game? Here are seven surprising (and scary) random food facts about Super Bowl XLV:

1. The Super Bowl is the second largest day of food consumption in the United States; Thanksgiving is the first.

2. Surprisingly, vegetables are the most consumed food during the Super Bowl, according to a NPD Group market research study. Chips are the second most eaten food.

3. Football fans prefer to eat dips and spreads at football-watching parties more than any other food, according to a poll by grocer Supervalu. Must explain why 69.6 million pounds of avocados are expected to be eaten during tonight’s Super Bowl, according to the Hass Avocado Board. That’s a lot of guacamole.

4. Domino’s pizza deliverymen will log about 4 million miles delivering pizza on Super Bowl Sunday.

5. 90 million pounds, or roughly 450 million individual chicken wings will be eaten during the game.

6. The average Super Bowl viewer will consume 1,200 calories while snacking during the Super Bowl.

7. Antacid sales increase as much as 20% the day after the Super Bowl, according to 7-Eleven.

Other fun facts:

– Thanks to merchandise, apparel, and snacks, it’s expected that $10.1 billion will be spent on Super Bowl XLV-related material in the United States, roughly $59.33 per customer, according to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association.

– To accommodate nearly 147,000 out-of-town guests and 4,600 media members, more than 24,000 hotel rooms have been booked in 12 north Texas cities and 600 private jet trips to north Texas are anticipated (hello, John Travolta!), according to the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee. (The Dallas area will see an economic impact of nearly $612 million from this sporting event alone.)

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