With the big game, the halftime show, the ads, the crowds and of course the food, there are a lot of reasons to be excited for Super Bowl Sunday.
But if you're find yourself a little overheated in the rush of the activity on game day, why not cool off with a splash of science? It probably won't make the game more fun, but it might make you sound more interesting at your Super Bowl party.
Nobody likes to lose. But for some people, the Super Bowl may literally be a matter of life and death.
Watching a team lose in the Super Bowl can trigger heart attacks in anxiety-prone fans as well as those vulnerable to cardiac issues, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Cardiology in 2011.
Consulting a doctor before the game may be a good idea for those prone to heart problems. Avoiding excessive consumption of fatty foods and salt could also decrease the likelihood of an attack.
These days, Super Bowl commercials can draw as much attention as the game itself. But according to a study that came out of Iowa State University last year, some commercials may promote more than just a product.
Children who watched violent commercials during the Super Bowl were more prone to aggressive thoughts. The researchers believe that the violence projected from the game itself is reinforced in the commercials.
Researchers recommend that parents limit how much exposure children have to violent imagery and talk with their children about media messages.
The Super Bowl is the second largest food consumption holiday of the year, only behind Thanksgiving.
Given the buffet-style setup of most Super Bowl parties, the portions may be one of the big reasons behind that trend. According to a study out of Cornell University in 2006, larger serving bowls led to an increase in food consumption of more than 50 percent.
So the best way to avoid overeating this Sunday, according to the researchers, is to use smaller bowls.
In case you haven't yet had your fill of Super Bowl science, check out this video below of one about one of any sports fan's primary food groups: cheese. In the clip, you'll learn the ingredients (no, it's not just milk), the chemistry and the dedication that goes into this game-day staple.
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