BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — With the excitement of the Twins home opener in the air, a Minnesota health insurer says baseball fans should watch the amount of hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and beer going down the hatch.

HealthPartners is offering friendly tips to keep sports fanatics healthy as they enjoy their favorite teams.

The insurer says be wary of hefty calories packed into seemingly-innocent snacks. One serving of nachos contains a day’s worth of fat. One cup of peanuts has 320 calories, and it’d take 235 laps around the bases to burn off a standard 8-ounce bag.

HealthPartners says condiments like mayonnaise and cheese sauce add calories too. And while beer is a favorite ballpark drink, each light beer has at least 70 fewer calories than dark beers or microbrews.

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Comments (17)
  1. KP says:

    Does HealthPartners really think that the majority of people going out to a ballgame, for entertainment, ya know, a chance to take a night off and relax, really wanna worry about calories? Please.

  2. Schae says:

    Hey HealthPartners—BACK OFF! Who put you in charge of what people SHOULD eat at the ball game?

    1. Bill says:

      It is just healthy advice. Calm down. Jeez.I think HealthPartners knows what they are talking about. Do you get mad when you are advised to wear your seat belt in the back seat of a car, or are you like, “Don’t tell me what to do. I do what i want”?

      1. Tom Willard says:

        Seat belts are the law Mr Bill…front and back. Big difference.

      2. Schae says:

        Big difference, Bill, seat belt use is LAW. Last time I checked, what anybody eats–IS NOT LAW. Besides, HealthPartners has other things to worry about than telling people what they should and what they should NOT eat.

        1. Joey says:

          That is a bad comparison Bill, but still HealthPartners are not trying to force you to do anything. ITS JUST ADVICE FROM THEM! YOU DON’T NEED TO LISTEN! JUST IGNORE IT AND STOP COMPLAINING!

  3. msche says:

    And did you even give any advice? If you were interested in calorie count and eating healthy, what should you chooose? As usual, this story tells me nothing. I wanted to see-eat healthier, eat this- but of course, all that is ever out here are a couple of paragraphs of fluff. Although you did tell me in order to conserve calories-eat nothing and dring a lot of beer. Is that the best thing for a health provider to tell the public?

  4. Victim Du Jour says:

    If you want to be healthy at a baseball game, sneak in some carrot sticks or sunflower seeds.

  5. betty says:

    When I go to a game or on vacation I want good food, junk food. If I want to eat healthy at a game, I stay home and watch it on TV.

    Enough of the food police.

  6. JR says:

    Victim, no need to sneak in carrots or seeds, the twins allow food as long as it is not in hard, rigid containers.

    1. Tom Willard says:

      If you follow ‘CCO comments at all you will quickly realize Victim Du Jour is a colossal TWIT!

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        I get so much sexual tension from some of the posters on this site.

    2. Ed says:

      Now that JR is good information to know, should have put that in the story.

      HealthPartners advice should have been to put down the hot dog, go home and play a game of baseball with your kids if you your that unfit that you can’t eat a bag of chips, a hot dog and a beer while enjoying a game.

  7. Tom Willard says:

    Oh Good! The FOOD GESTAPO again. Shut Up!!

    1. Tom Willard says:

      These are the same friendly folks that show us how to eat healthy at…wait for it…The Minnesota State Fair! Hahaha!!

      1. Stacie says:

        LOL TW! Thanks for a moment of lightness. I can appreciate the healthy eating tips, but geez HP do ya have to kill the buzz of opening day?

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