July 14, 2005

BRING BACK NICKEL BEER NIGHT!:

Ballpark fare frankly good for you (Dick Heller, July 14, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Now it turns out that ingesting all sorts of overpriced concessions at the ballpark might be good for you.

Have a beer or two. Scarf a couple of hot dogs. Load up on onions and sauerkraut, not to mention breath fresheners. And live a long life.

You probably thought such fare qualified as junk food. Heavens no, says the American Chemical Society (ACS) -- and who could argue with so learned a slew of scholars? [...]

According to the society, low-fat hot dogs might be a little better for your heart, but everybody knows that regular dogs taste better. Apparently, this came as news to researchers, who concluded the real dogs' "aroma compounds, which affect flavor, appear to be released more slowly and last longer."

A preliminary study also suggests that onions and sauerkraut may help prevent bone loss and osteoporosis. When this study is completed, it probably will show that a little Limburger on your hamburger will empty the seats around you faster than a foul ball headed your way.

Sauerkraut is made from fermented cabbage and includes a class of compounds called isothiocyanates that have been identified as potential cancer-fighting agents, the study says. Who knew?

And, oh yes, the beer. Anybody who spends time at a ballpark has sat near a group of guzzlers. A study indicates that one cup of beer a day might ward off heart attacks. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your state of sobriety, it does not tell us how big that cup should be.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 14, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

And sauerkraut also prevents scurvy. Limburger is unnecessary; if you can't stand the untainted fragrance, get out of the ballpark.

Posted by: Genecis at July 14, 2005 10:43 AM

Sauerkraut, especially the juice, is wonderful for the digestion.

Posted by: bart at July 14, 2005 3:47 PM

They won't bring back dime a beer night in Cleveland.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 15, 2005 1:58 AM
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