"Americans will embark on a waistband busting orgy of snack attacks during the Sunday's Super Bowl showdown, pounding down 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat."
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Americans will embark on a waistband busting orgy of snack attacks during the Sunday's Super Bowl showdown, pounding down 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat.
The annual American football championship game has got the US Calorie Control Council worried -- and pleading with bulky fans to chose low-fat snacks.
The group says Super Bowl viewers will chow down a mind blowing mountain of snack and junk foods while they watch the big game.
On the menu -- 11.2 million pounds (five million kilograms) of potato chips (crisps), 8.2 million pounds (3.7 million kilograms) of tortilla chips and 4.3 million pounds (2.9 million kilograms) of pretzels.
Add to that, 3.8 million pounds (1.7 million kilograms) of tasty popcorn, and 2.5 million pounds (1.1 million kilograms) of nuts, according to research by the Calorie Control Council and the Snack Food Association.
The average armchair quarterback will munch down 1,200 calories, and 50 grams of fat from snacks alone -- without taking into account any meals or the millions of bottles of beer and cans of soda fans will guzzle.
Super Bowl afficionados are being told to get off couch and kill off the extra bulk.
"To burn off those 1,200 calories ... it would take three hours of walking around a football field, or one hour and 45 minutes of running," said Beth Hubrich, a dietician with the Calorie Control Council, a non-political trade association.
The Council is advising fans to pick fat free potato chips and dips made from salsa, which is fat free, and reduced fat sour cream and non-fat yogurt.
Sunday's game, between the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers, is expected to draw at least 90 million viewers at home, and tens of millions more in bars, restaurants and at parties.