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Baseball season is here and from little leagues to the professional stadiums, the food abounds. We know enjoying ballpark fare while watching the game is all part of the fun. But with all the choices now offered, we want to help make your baseball munching fit in with a healthy cancer-protective diet.

Here, AICR experts rate some popular ballpark foods, relatively speaking. And if you're wondering how many times you would need to run around the bases to work off that food, we have that too.

Rating Ballpark Food

The Item
The Stats
Working it Off*
AICR Rating
The Analysis

Hot Dog and Bun

hot dog
Calories: 300
Fiber: 1 gram
Sugar: 3 grams
Sodium: 1025 mg

Jog 37 laps around the bases (about 30 minutes)

Bike 91 times around the bases (about 37 minutes)



Hot dogs are processed meat, which increase risk of colorectal cancer. If you love hot dogs with your baseball, make sure it's an occasional treat and you could try a turkey dog to cut the calories.

Cotton Candy (1-ounce)

cotton candy
110 calories
(bags are often double the amount)
Fiber: 0
Sugar: 28 grams

Jog 13 laps around the bases (about 11 minutes)

Bike 35 times around the bases (about 14 minutes)



Loads of sugar. Enough said.

Baseball Cap
Chocolate Ice Cream

ice cream with chocolate syrup
Calories: 285
Fiber: 2 gram
Sugar: 30 grams

Jog 36 laps around the bases (about 29 minutes)

Bike 89 times around the bases (about 35 minutes)



Ice cream is a good source of calcium, riboflavin, vitamins B12, A and D. The downside is high saturated fat and relatively high calories for 1 cup.

Soft Pretzel (medium)

soft pretzels
Calories: 389
Fiber: 2 gram
Sodium: 1615 mg

Jog 50 times around the bases (around 40 min)

Bike 122 times around the bases (about 49 min)



Lots of calories and refined grains. Although it does have some B vitamins, fiber is low and the sodium is more than is recommended in one day for many Americans.

Peanuts, in shell
(5-ounce bag)

Calories: 800
Fat: 70 gram
Sodium: 850 mg
Protein: 35 grams

Jog 103 laps around the bases (about 82 minutes)

Bike 252 times around the bases (about 100 minutes

Share – or get the snack size – and it's a Homerun.

Eat it by yourself and its a Strikeout. K!

Peanuts contain plenty of protein, and healthful fats and compounds. Just watch out for portion; some stadium bags are 8 ounces. A palm-ful of peanuts is about 1-ounce, which is the standard serving size.

Hummus and Pita Chips

Humus with pita and veggies
Calories: 218
Sodium: 480 mg
Protein: 6 grams

Jog 28 laps around the bases (about 22 minutes)

Bike 67 times around the bases (about 27 minutes)



Hummus is made from chickpeas, which are high in iron and vitamin C. And if the pita were whole wheat, this snack would be a complete game winner.

The Item
The Stats
Working it Off*
AICR Rating
The Analysis

*jogging at 5mph and biking at 10mph for 150 pound person

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