A discussion on “the best tailgate food”, however innocuous, will almost surely elicit many different opinions.
Food, after all, is a highly subjective and even personal matter for many.
But people are more objective when it comes to eating with a purpose. And that purpose, for most NFL fans, is to keep warm.
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So if you want to stay warm when the weather outside is frightful - as well as save money and prevent hangovers. here is…
The best tailgating food should do more than just keep you warm - if it were only about that, well, a heated blanket would do the trick.
Since the average NFL fan:
So forget the veggie nachos and the meatless chili; you can eat healthy when you’re home.
We took 8 popular tailgate foods and rated them on 5 categories:
Ease/difficulty of preparation. (Prep) A lot
of people still like to cook on site rather than at home, so ideally you
should be able to prepare your tailgating food with just basic cookout
On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 = smoked ribs and 5 = bratwurst, sausages, & hot dogs.
Ability to reduce your body's rate of alcohol absorption. (AA) Contrary to popular belief, alcohol neither raises nor lowers your body core temperature. It does however, make you drunk, and it’s in everyone’s best interest if you slow down that process.
While the mere presence of food in your stomach will help, but “The rate at which alcohol is absorbed depends on how quickly the stomach empties its contents into the intestine. The higher the dietary fat content, the more time this emptying will require and the longer the process of absorption will take.” *
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doesn't mean you should be guzzling cooking oil or serving up a deep-fried
slab of bacon at the next game. 1 = raw veggies. 5 = Philly cheesteak,
Ability to help keep your body warm. (Warm) Foods that are abundant in niacin (animal liver, eggs, cheese) and spicy foods boost blood circulation thereby keeping your body warm. 5 = “Death” wings, 5-alarm chili.
Familiarity/popularity. (F/P) So you've discovered that yak meat is dirt cheap and bursting with protein, or that hippo intestines are really easy to cook and will keep you warm as toast, but what's the point if nobody wants to eat it?
Cost. (Cost) If money was not an object then we'd all be dining on Kobe steak and lobster tails at tailgate parties. I'm talking about a realistic budget though. 1 = t-bone steak, lobster. 5 = hot dogs, beer-butt chicken.
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