Once again, on the Fourth of July, we witnessed the exciting spectacle of competitive hot dog eating, accompanied by an astonishing intake of calories.
Due to bad weather, the men’s segment of the famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest had to be postponed. Nevertheless, when it finally began, Joey Chestnut, an experienced champion, once again proved his dominance by devouring an impressive 62 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes. The event took place in the iconic Coney Island of Brooklyn, New York.
Last year, Chestnut celebrated his 15th victory by consuming 63 hot dogs and buns. In 2021, he secured his position as the hot dog eating world champion by setting an astonishing record of 76 hot dogs and buns.
In the women’s division, Miki Sudo, an eight-time champion, holds the record with 48.5 hot dogs and buns. This year, she claimed first place by consuming 39.5 hot dogs and buns.
Now, let’s dive into the nutritional breakdown of this year’s triumphant eater.
How many calories did Joey Chestnut consume?
According to the nutritional information provided by Nathan’s, one serving of their Original Coney Island natural casing beef frank contains 170 calories (note that calorie counts may vary for different varieties). Additionally, each Nathan’s restaurant-style bun contains 130 calories.
Therefore, for the 62 hot dogs and buns Chestnut consumed this year, the franks alone accounted for 10,540 calories, while the buns added another 8,060 calories, resulting in a total of 18,600 calories.
In the previous year, with 63 hot dogs and buns, Chestnut surpassed this record by consuming an even higher total of 18,900 calories. This amount is nearly six times the recommended daily average for a man of his age and size.
In his record-setting year, devouring 76 hot dogs and buns, Chestnut’s calorie count would have reached an astonishing 22,800 calories!
Each of Nathan’s natural casing beef franks contains 16 grams of total fat and 480 milligrams of sodium, which accounts for approximately 21% of your recommended daily values per hot dog.
Considering Chestnut consumed 62 franks this year, his total fat intake amounted to 992 grams, and his sodium intake reached 29,760 milligrams.
It’s important to note that diets high in sodium are associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, which is a major contributing factor to heart disease and stroke.
Now let’s explore the impact of a hot dog eating contest on the stomach and the health effects associated with competitive eating, as explained by experts.
Competitive eaters have developed the ability to consume large quantities of food by stretching and relaxing their stomachs. Unlike regular eaters, who feel full after consuming around a liter or a liter and a half of food, competitive eaters have trained their stomachs to accommodate much larger volumes.
They achieve this by consuming significant amounts of low-calorie foods and liquids, such as water, diet soda, watermelon, and cabbage.
However, there are limits to stomach stretching. Like in any competition, there are winners and losers in competitive eating, and eventually, all competitive eaters reach their limits. After the contest, they may experience various adverse effects, which can vary depending on the individual and the type of food consumed.
As previously reported by a News agency, side effects of competitive eating can include nausea, painful gas, vomiting, heartburn, and diarrhea. In more severe cases, there is a risk of choking, esophageal inflammation, and even stomach rupture.
Major League Eating, the governing body responsible for professional eating contests, including Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog.
The Eating Contest emphasizes strict safety protocols. These protocols include having an emergency medical technician present at events and ensuring that participants are 18 years of age or older, with a focus on prioritizing the well-being of the competitors.
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