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Who’s Chicken? Super Bowl Fans Love The Fowl

In 2008, the last time the Giants and the Patriots were in the Super Bowl, the average fan ate 86 pounds of chicken that year.

Chicken Wings

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Buffalo wings have been a favorite since their introduction to the food world in 1964.

Whether you’re a football fan or not, chances are you’re celebrating the Super Bowl with some food.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the Super Bowl is the second-largest food day of the year for Americans — and they make it count.

The Humble Chicken Wing… Just Don’t Look At The Price

One staple snack is buffalo wings: chicken wings fried and covered in butter and cayenne sauce. Buffalo Wild Wings sold 6.5 million wings on Super Bowl Sunday last year.

Chicken wing consumption goes up in late January and early February — and so do the prices. The price of chicken wings is up 39 percent from last year, nearing an all-time high.

Keep Your Heart In The Game

Of course, deep-fried chicken wings soaked in butter is not the healthiest snack option.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine warns sports fans to take it easy on the high-fat foods. Yes, it may be only one day, but even one day counts towards health.

Sports fans are more likely to have a heart attack during the Super Bowl anyway, and adding high-fat, blood pressure-rising foods to that is a recipe for disaster.

Read More:

  • For the Love of the Game…or at Least the Food (USDA)
  • Super Bowl Party Food Inflation (CNBC)
  • Five “super” unhealthy Super Bowl foods (Indianapolis Star)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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