Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August, 2010 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
If the song Take Me Out to the Ballgame was written today, it may sound like:
“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack… and a hot dog, and loaded nachos, and a pretzel, and a beer, and ice cream”
Finger Licking Ballpark Foods: The Dieter’s Nightmare
Busch Stadium may truly be a dieter’s nightmare in disguise. You can have the intention of going to the game and sticking to your diet, getting nothing but a bottle of water, but we all know that this kind of willpower is rare.
Before the game, ballpark food may not even sound that appealing.
But suddenly, it happens:
You are overcome with uncontrollable cravings for greasy ballpark food… Something draws you to the concession stand, despite knowing that this choice is going to throw your diet out the window for the day.
You’re in line looking at your best “healthy” option, justifying what you’re going to order. The next thing you know, you’re walking away with the loaded nachos and a beer (at least you sprung for low cal).
The Ugly Truth: The Reality of How Quickly Those Ballpark Calories Can Add Up
So, my plan is to prepare (or guilt) you into what not to eat at the stadium. Below are the cold hard facts, the nutritional facts on your favorite baseball stadium foods. I’m not going to say “eat this, not that”, because frankly, you’re adults, you can choose what you want. HOWEVER, don’t come crying to us when all of a sudden your jeans are a little tighter (and don’t blame it on the dryer, it didn’t shrink them).
Hot Dog (6.4 oz)
Total Fat: 21g
Sat. Fat: 7g
Total Carbs: 50
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Small Popcorn (9 cups)
Total Fat: 35g
Large Popcorn (15 cups)
Total Fat: 58g
Total Carbs: 93g
Soft Pretzel (5.5 oz, no cheese)
Total Fat: 3.4g
Sat. Fat: 1g
Dietary Fiber: 5.5g
Cheeseburger: (8.3 oz) (not the Angus burgers from Hardee’s)
Total Fat: 23g
Sat. Fat: 7g
Total Carbs: 33g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Nachos (40 chips, 4oz cheese)
Total Fat: 59g
Sat. Fat: 18.5g
Total Carbs: 131.5
Dietary Fiber: 7.5g
Peanuts with shell (4 cups)
Total Fat: 96g
Sat. Fat: 16g
Total Carbs: 56g
Dietary Fiber: 24g
How Can You Avoid the Dieter’s Disaster at the Ballpark?
My best advice to avoid this disaster, is to come to the ballgame prepared:
Bring your own healthy food and drinks in a soft back cooler. It will be easier to combat those cravings if you aren’t starving. Plus, you’ll save a lot of money this way.
*Nutritional information from www.calorieking.com
**The nutritional information is based on the average ballpark food and isn’t necessarily an exact reflection of the food at Busch Stadium
~ Kimberly, Emerge Fitness
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