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Super Bowl Preview (Not The Game)

I am writing this entry on the morning of the NFC and AFC Championship games.  My prediction:  Baltimore defeats the Chiefs (sorry Taylor Swift) and Detroit upsets the Forty Niners.  The winner of these games will meet in 2 weeks for the 57th Super Bowl to be played in Las Vegas.

As a tribute to the Super Bowl I am going to NOT preview the rosters but rather, preview the foods that we tend to prepare/eat on Super Bowl Sunday.  Some of these are compatible with your plans to shed weight and others may derail your entire week of diligent weight loss work. 

Today we will look at those great tasting, finger licking RIBS.  Here is the nutritional contents of ½ rack of ribs in barbeque sauce:

  • Calories 762.
  • Total Fat 57g
  • Saturated Fat 17g 
  • Trans Fat 0.4g.
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 5.6g.
  • Monounsaturated Fat 20g.
  • Cholesterol 194mg
  • Sodium 737mg

Please note that this is ONE HALF rack of ribs so a FULL rack would be double the amounts noted.



The calories, total fat, cholesterol and sodium contents all being incredibly high would suggest that RIBS should NOT be part of the menu line up for your Super Bowl Sunday.  Taking this discussion to restaurants:  Places like Texas Roadhouse, Longhorn and similar restaurants have great tasting ribs….they fall off the bone easily.  However, those places also provide you with that great warm bread and butter, a side dish that super tasting loaded potatoes and their desserts are splendid.  So, eating RIBS at those places will not only have you ingesting over 1000 calories on the main course but a bunch of other calories with the other stuff being provided.

So, in the first installment of my Super Bowl FOOD Preview, the answer is: take a pass on the RIBS.

And with the Super Bowl theme in mind, here is Paul McCartney’s Super Bowl Halftime show in 2005.

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