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Three Shockingly Unhealthful Meals at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field

A Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Report
January 2014

Shockingly Unhealthful Meals
(photo @darrenrovell)

Seahawks fans heading to CenturyLink Field this weekend may be hungry for one last win to push their team into the Super Bowl, but dietitians with the Physicians Committee are urging them to choose wisely when it comes to satisfying another type of hunger. While the Seahawks are driving down the football field, fans indulging in the processed meat products that dominate the stadium’s menu are heading down a dangerous path toward cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Of CenturyLink Field’s 74 concessions stands, 49 sell processed meat products that are dangerously high in fat and cholesterol. The stadium’s newest offender is the Beast Burger, which manages to pack three different types of meat, cheese, french fries, onion rings, and Skittles into one heart-stopping dish. Inspired by Marshawn Lynch and his love for Skittles, the burger alone contains a whopping 957 calories. If Lynch, Seattle’s running back, were to indulge on one of these burgers, he would have to rush for nearly 14,000 yards before burning off the calories.

Based on reviews of CenturyLink’s menu and the Concessions Guide posted on the stadium’s website, dietitians have collected data and conducted an analysis of three nutritional shockers that every football fan should avoid.

Menu Item Nutrition Shockers
The Beast Burger Calories: 957 calories
Fat: 59 grams
Sodium: 2346 milligrams
Cholesterol: 227 milligrams
DangeRuss Dog Calories: 955 calories
Fat: 49 grams
Sodium: 2491 milligrams
Cholesterol: 89 milligrams
Tailgater Sausage Calories: 850 calories
Fat: 54 grams
Sodium: 2102 milligrams
Cholesterol: 151 milligrams

Commentary

Fans who treat themselves to one of these options this weekend may not realize the consequences one meal can have on their health. A recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology found that eating just one meal of junk food containing 15 grams of saturated fat was enough to cause artery damage. The Beast Burger contains about 27 grams, nearly double that amount. If Lynch plans to eat one of his namesake burgers, he will be dodging more than just 49ers this weekend. The 227 milligrams of cholesterol will have him dodging cardiovascular disease, too.

The Seahawks are right about one thing. The aptly named DangeRuss Dog is exactly that: dangerous. Not only does this dish pack a foot-long hot dog, macaroni and cheese, and fried tortilla chips onto one bun, it also comes with 955 calories and 49 grams of fat. Approximately 34 percent of Americans today are obese, which can lead to serious medical problems, including diabetes. Twenty-four million Americans have type 2 diabetes, while 78 million more are at risk for developing this devastating disease.

Fans who plan to celebrate with CenturyLink’s Tailgater Sausage may want to think about protecting their own tails first. Processed meat products, including sausage, have been closely linked to colorectal cancer in numerous studies. A 2007 study conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research found that eating the equivalent of just one sausage a day raises colorectal cancer risk by a staggering 21 percent.

Conclusion

From tailgating to Super Bowl parties, there is no shortage of hot dogs, chicken wings, and sausage during football season. Fans who celebrate with processed meat products this weekend are leaving the door open for plenty of uninvited party guests, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity.

The good news is that Seahawks fans won’t have to skip the concessions to skip the diseases. A visit to CenturyLink Field’s Veggie Cart for a veggie burger, veggie dog, or hummus platter can be a great way to enjoy the game without risking their health. Hopefully by next year, Seahawks fans will be cheering their team on with Sweet PoTate-o Burgers or Sherman Takeaway-the-Meat Dogs with a side of bRussels sprouts.
 



     
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