If your favorite football snacks consist of potato chips and dip, buffalo wings, pizza, or other high-fat items, you may want to consider replacing them with something healthier for your heart. More research is needed, but one limited study found that fatal heart attacks increased in Los Angeles County in 1980 after a Super Bowl loss and decreased in 1984 after a Super Bowl win. While the emotional stress of watching your favorite team lose may tax your heart, switching to healthier snacks will benefit your heart over the long-term.
Try these healthy snacks in place of high-fat, high-sodium, or sugar-laden choices:
- Serve a selection of higher-fiber crackers with hummus, and raw vegetables with low-fat dressing in place of chips and dip or other foods that are high in saturated fat.
- A bowl full of unsalted nuts has heart-healthy unsaturated fat and couldn't be simpler.
- Limit soda consumption, or better yet, drink unsweetened tea or another sugar-free choice in its place.
- Drink alcohol in moderation. The recommendation typically is for no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks for men.