Try these foods to counter super-salty Super Bowl snacks

It’s the first time since Super Bowl XXV that the best offense is taking on the best defense. So, weather permitting, this should be a great game.

But let’s be honest. For most of us, this Sunday is as much about the food…and the beer…and, yes, the commercials.

So there’s a good chance a lot of us will be hungover on Monday. If not from the alcohol, from the chips and wings.

The problem is, we aren’t just overeating. We’re chowing down on almost lethal amounts of sodium and additives. And for a lot of us, it’s foods we avoid the rest of the year. So they can pack a pretty mean punch in those four or five hours.

After all those chicken wings, 1.23 billion of them, 11-million pounds of chips, and 325 million gallons of beer, we’ll need to counter the dehydration…and the shock to our systems.

To tackle that (sorry, I just had to say it), there’s a little-known “antidote” to eating too much salt. It’s potassium.

According to a recent study, potassium relaxes blood vessel walls that can help get your fluid balance back to normal.

The more potassium-rich foods you consume, along with drinking water, the easier it is for your body to get rid of all that extra salt.

And pills aren’t necessary. High potassium foods are easy to come by. Don’t just think bananas either. How about some orange juice, or beans, potatoes, fish and yogurt?

Now that might not sound like the best Super Bowl fare, but you can make it work. Add some beans to the nachos. Or yogurt dip with the chips.

That way, you’ll be all ready to Monday-morning quarterback if it’s not your team hoisting that Lombardi trophy Sunday night.

“The power in potassium” Sidney Fry, MS, RD, Cooking Light,

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