5 Side Effects of Super Bowl Snacking

1. Bloating

The majority of cured meats, frozen apps, canned soups, chips and crackers, cheesy dips, dressings, BBQ sauce, and pizza have one major ingredient in common—sodium.

 Beware if you're ordering from your local deli or pizzeria, as she notes that restaurant dishes can contain more than half the daily value of sodium.

If you feel a burning sensation behind your breastbone after eating anything spicy or fried that's smothered in onions, you're likely experiencing heartburn.

2. Acid reflux


The American College of Gastroenterology estimates that more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, while more than 15 million men and women suffer from it daily

While your head may be throbbing from losing money in the virtual office pool, there's also a chance that downing too much alcohol may be to blame for your pounding headache or migraine.

3. Migraine

"For people with a sulfite sensitivity, having even half a glass of wine can cause nasty side effects, like a headache, dizziness, or even hives and itchiness," Gorin states.

An increase in sodium in your bloodstream pulls water into your blood vessels,increasing the total amount or volume of blood inside them,says Katherine Brooking,MS, RD

4. Elevated blood pressure levels

founding partner of the nutrition marketing and communications firm AFH Consulting. "With more blood flowing through your blood vessels, blood pressure increases."

Yes, heartburn and hypertension can have a direct impact on your cardiovascular health—but, in extreme cases, so can the actual game.

5. A cardiac episode

"Studies show that the stress of cheering on your favorite team can lead to heart attacks when your team loses or is behind," says Julie Upton, MS, RD

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