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A Burger for the Outfield to Share

Amy Goodson, registered dietitian

The Texas Rangers unveiled some new concession items for extra-hungry baseball fans this season, including variations on their popular Boomstick — a 24-inch hot dog loaded with chili, cheese and other toppings. This year, those hulking hot dogs can be topped with brisket or polish sausage and sauerkraut. A 24-inch quesadilla is also among options.

But the crown jewel of this meat-lover’s menu is a whopping 3-pound hamburger with 1 pound of beef and 8 ounces of bacon. Registered dietitian Amy Goodson with the Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine program roughly estimates that, with a big bun and one ounce of cheese, the burger could include about 2,800 calories, 185 grams of fat, and 6,000 mg of sodium — two or three times the amount of sodium a healthy adult should consume in a day.

On average, healthy adults should consume about 2,000 calories, up to 65 grams of fat and 2,300 mg of sodium, or 1,500 mg of sodium if you have blood pressure problems.

“I go by the 80/20 rule, meaning you should eat healthy, nutrient-rich foods 80 percent of the time and you can splurge 20 percent of the time,” Goodson said. “If you’re going to choose to eat this burger, I recommend doing it no more than once a month — and sharing it with two or three friends!”

If you’re a season ticket holder, Goodson recommends regularly sticking to healthier options like a plain, regular-sized burger with mustard, a grilled chicken sandwich, or a wrap with fruit. Also, have a snack before coming to the game so that you’re not overly hungry and be sure to hydrate during the day as we’re heading into the hot summer season.

For more tips on small, healthy changes you can make, visit TexasHealth.org/Well-Being.

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