State Fair Food: Is It Healthy?
Many people go to the Wisconsin State Fair to see the animals, hear the music, but mostly to sample the great Wisconsin foods. Here's some ways you can eat healthfully at the State Fair.
Because there are so many foods to choose from at the Fair, it is easy to overindulge, but having so many choices makes healthy eating even more possible because you can balance your choices between high calorie and lower calorie foods and practice the art of tasting rather than pigging out. Today is the perfect day to do just that because it is Crazy Grazin’ Day at the Fair. Some vendors are offering smaller portions so you can taste a variety of foods without the guilt.
The Grand Champion burger has the most calories when compared to the pork loin sandwich, cuban sandwich and gyro. When it comes to desserts, the cream puffs have the least calories when compared to the blue ribbon brownie, funnel cake and apple pie.
A baked potato with butter and sour cream is healthier than a blooming onion. And when you're reaching for a beverage, avoid the soda pop. Opt for water or milk if you have a choice between that and soda or lemonade.
Here's a nutrition breakdown of some fair food favorites:
Pork loin sandwich = 290 calories
Grand Champion burger = 1000 calories
Cuban = 570 calories
Gyro = 580 calories
Grilled cheese = 440 calories
pot roast sandwich = 330 calories
bison burrito = 300 calories
d=chicken souvlaki = 400 calories
Cream puff = 350 calories
funnel cake = 800 calories
apple pie = 411 calories
blue ribbon brownie = 615 calories
Blooming onion = 1320/trans fat
potato w/butter & sour cream = 380/vitamin A,D,C, potassium
Cola = 150/HFCS
lemonade = 100/sugar &flavonoids
water = 0
milk = 100-150/calcium, vitamin D