Super Bowl 50: The Carb Count

Super Bowl parties are notoriously rough for people with diabetes — pizza, burgers, nachos, fries, chips, beer, more chips, more beer… and that’s all before dessert.  It’s like the Big Bang of carb bombs. And even if you’re trying your hardest to stay low carb and on track, it can feel impossible — every commercial break presents another set of masterfully orchestrated temptations. This year, advertisers are spending $5 million per 30-second spot (almost $170K per second!) or approximately $500,000,000  just to get us to eat that burger, grab another handful of chips, drink one more beer … which is all good (we like watching the ads) except for the fact that most of those foods are not good choices when considering the impact on blood sugar. **Hint – #itscarbs

We all like a good party and the snacks that go with it, so what can you do to ensure that you don’t have a carbtastrophy? The good news is you can definitely stay within your carb limits as long as you’re prepared, and know that despite a $500,000,000 budget designed to convince you to eat more carbs, you will be armed with the information and ability to make great choices!

Last week at One Drop, a few of us got together and ran some “experiments” to “scientifically determine” carb counts for all the major snacks advertised at this year’s Super Bowl.*  We sampled everything, and though most of the snacks were pretty awful (Skittles, anyone?), we did manage to find some low-carb options hidden among them!

Check out our video  for a sneak peek at One Drop’s super sophisticated “Carb Counting Lab.” *Note: No actual science occurred in the making of this video or “scientific” study done here.

All jokes aside, check out our slideshow with all the brands being advertised during Super Bowl 50, along with some carb-y insights from your friends at One Drop. Count your carbs, set a “total carb” goal for the day, and stick to it. You can do this! And remember, tomorrow everything will be back to normal and you can go back to fueling your body the right way. Enjoy!

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Rachel Sánchez-Madhur
Rachel Sánchez-Madhur

Living with T1D for 23+ years. Low-carb foodie, wine enthusiast, yogi, and dog-lover. Consumer Marketing, Strategy, and Customer Success at One Drop.