Super Bowl Snackfest or Super Bowl Stressfest?

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Healthline Medical and Nutrition Experts Reveal How to Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday Without Side Effects

Dr. Samaan’s advice? “Have fun, enjoy the game, and don’t take it so seriously…In the end, it’s just a game.”

Super Bowl Sunday means super-stress and super-snacking for many Americans, and’s medical and nutrition experts have shared with users the best way to enjoy this year’s Bowl without expanding your waistline or taxing your ticker.

Heart Health and the Super Bowl Effect:
If you want to stay heart healthy this Super Bowl Sunday, you may want to pray for a blowout.

According to expert, Dr. Sarah Samaan, MD, FACC, researchers have recently found that those avid sports fans may be hitting the couch AND the heart hard on big game days. Specifically, research published by the New England Journal of Medicine found a relationship between emotional stress related to soccer’s World Cup and the incidence of heart emergencies during the period of time the games were played. Dr. Samaan highlights the driving factor around those heart emergencies, triggered by the “tension and excitement associated with a very close match.”

Dr. Samaan’s advice? “Have fun, enjoy the game, and don’t take it so seriously…In the end, it’s just a game.”

Avoid the Super-Snack Sunday Syndrome:
According to Healthline expert Tara Gidus, MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N, Super Bowl Sunday could easily be renamed Super Snack Sunday, but “there are lots of ways to keep the second-largest eating holiday from becoming a nutritional disaster.”

Gidus recommends:

  •     Keep it simple -- Choose chips with simple, all natural ingredients, made with only corn, corn oil and salt. Tostitos are a good place to start, according to Gidus.
  •     Healthy toppers -- Rather than calorie and fat-laden cream dips, Gidus suggests making the most of your dunk, and sticking with guacamole, which is high in fiber, protein and “good fats.” She refers readers to for some great recipes.
  •     Bottoms up -- …and Gidus is not just talking about downing those beers. In order to stay hydrated, she suggests alternating between water and beer during the big day, reducing those calories, upping hydration and staving off the dreaded Monday morning hangover.

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