Bill Downs, the Montco Man who claims to have created the world's first fart blog - and who would try to wrestle that honor from him? - has some timely advice for those hoping to watch the Super Bowl with the least interference:
Avoid the eggs, broccoli and beer. And pizza, for that matter.
Downs writes the Trafon blog (spell it backwards) and has been making the newspaper rounds lately. The Seattle Times grabbed him over the weekend to prep for the Seahawks game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
So, what helpful hints does he share?
"If it's white, it ain't right. And don't just toss down some broccoli and cauliflower and think that's going to make it OK. Those are huge gas producers."
Instead, says the Ledeford man who studied nutrition at Penn State and runs a company that makes a mineral dietary supplement, "Try to eat an apple. Start the day with some oatmeal. Eat something healthy. I'm not saying don't eat the hot dog, I know people will, but add some water, fiber and nutrients to it."
Downs recommends shopping the grocery store's perimeter, scouting foods that are organic and skirting those that are refined or processed. Go for the whole grain bread. Try to pass on the beer-battered, cheddar-dipped pork rinds.
Since he doesn't exactly diagram the perfect snack for the game, Slashfood takes a stab:
Maybe a nice layered dip with salsa fresca, avocadoes, and plain yogurt, served with flax-seed tortilla chips? Savory biscotti served with tapenade? Pimiento cheese toasts made with homemade mayo, green olives, and wholegrain country sourdough? Now I'm getting hungry...