Digging deeper into fair food nutrition

If you ask most people about their favorite part of the fair, they'll tell you it's the food.

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 6:41 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2018 6:45 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — If you ask most people about their favorite part of the fair, they'll tell you it's the food. It's one week of the year where people indulge and eat a little more than they probably should.

News 18 took a dietitian to the fair today to learn just how many calories, how much sodium and how much fat the average person could consume. 

"You could probably easily be consuming 3,000 to 4,000 calories while you're here," said Michelle Singleton. 

However she said the important thing to consider isn't what you eat, it's how much.

"If you're here all day, it really doesn't mean you need to be eating all of the food here, I mean you could always have a balanced breakfast at home and then come here for lunch or for a snack or for dinner," she said. 

Her advice if you want to indulge in some fried foods, share with someone so you're not consuming as much fat and sodium. 

She wants people to indulge, just not over-indulge.

"The fair only comes around once a year, so if you do feel like you want to indulge, you can eat smaller portions," she said. 

But it's not impossible to find somewhat healthy options at the fair. 

"Getting more of the beef or the pork that is obviously more real food, which is something that is probably going to be less processed," Singleton said. 

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