For some, the best part of football season is what happens outside the stadium. But which foods are best and worst for your body?
Football season means crowding into the stadium to cheer on the team. But it also means firing up a grill in a parking lot. If you're going to tailgate, how many calories do you think you'll consume? (Data based on information at NutritionData.com and Calorie-Count.com.)
A typical bratwurst can give you about 300 calories and 17 grams of fat -- not to mention 560 mg of salt. And that's without the bun's 110 calories.
A hot dog, which is usually smaller, has about 150 calories and 13.6 grams of fat. Some all-beef franks have as few as 45 calories. (Learn all about the hot dog with this interactive.)
A 3-ounce hamburger patty made from 75 percent lean ground beef contains 236 calories, 22 grams of protein and 16 grams of fat. A similar patty made from 95 percent lean ground beef contains only 145 calories, 22 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat.
Adding a slice of American cheese to that burger adds 94 calories and 7 grams of fat. Not to mention that bun, which adds another 120 calories with 21 grams of carbs.
Glazed chicken wings will give you 61 calories per wing, with 33 of that from fat. You'll get 4 grams of fat in total and 178 mg of sodium.
Half of a chicken breast, grilled without the skin, contains 142 calories and only 3 grams of fat. But a bun, sauce and condiments can add to those totals.
A small, 6 oz. bag of cheese-flavored chips packs a big wallop -- 843 calories, with 46 grams of fat. That's about 70 percent of the fat you need each day.
Washing all that down with a beer? A bottle of a very popular American brew provides 146 calories and 11 grams of carbs.
A 12-ounce bottle of the light version of that popular beer contains about 110 calories and 7 grams of carbs.
Sticking to soft drinks? The average 12-ounce can of cola has 137 calories and 15 mg of sodium. Diet colas will run 1 calorie or less per 8-ounce glass and between 25 and 28 mg of sodium, depending on the brand.
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