Docs Detail Healthy Food Choices for Super Bowl Sunday02/02/14
FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Along with football,
food is a major part of the Super Bowl Sunday experience -- but
it's a good idea to choose what you eat wisely and avoid
overindulging, experts say.
"Fats, spices and carbonated beverages are likely to wreak havoc on the gastrointestinal tract, if not at the time of ingestion, then in the hours that follow," Dr. Christine Frissora, a gastroenterologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, said in a hospital news release.
"Pass on the junk food at the Super Bowl party and your body will thank you later," she said.
Frissora and her colleague Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, a
gastroenterologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University
Medical Center, offered the following tips for Super Bowl
- Use a small plate when selecting food, which will help you eat
less. It's also a good idea to pace yourself, especially when
- Avoid snacking just before bedtime, as it can worsen acid
reflux. "People who are prone to acid reflux should avoid eating
within an hour of going to bed," Lebwohl said in the news
- Avoid spicy foods, which can trigger conditions such as
indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux. Replace
spicy wings, nachos and chili with items such as pitas, hummus and
yogurt. Make chili with chicken, zucchini and carrots, and reduce
the amount of beans and spices.
- Limit your bean intake. People don't have the enzymes to digest
beans efficiently, and eating too many beans can lead to gas and
- Lactose can be a problem for many people. Consider alternatives
to dairy-rich foods such as macaroni and cheese, ice cream and
nachos. You can try cheeses that are low in lactose, such as brie,
parmesan and aged cheddar.
- Reduce your fat consumption. Eating a lot of fatty foods at one
time can cause indigestion. Substitute fried wings with grilled
chicken skewers. Consider using low-fat cheese and turkey bacon on
potato skins. And try to bake, not fry, food.
- Provide your guests with healthy food options such as yogurt
dip, nuts, fruits (especially berries), nonspicy guacamole, baked
chicken, baked fish, salad, fresh vegetables, water with citrus
garnishes, and multigrain or whole-grain crackers and chips.
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