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The poll surveyed over 2,000 men and women over the age of 18 and asked how they plan to enjoy this popular summer pastime. The survey revealed not only their perceptions on caloric intake, but also their favorite foods at barbecues and most popular activities. Burgers topped the menu choices with 77% of barbecues including this family favorite. 53% planned on hot dogs while 45% enjoyed chicken or beef kabobs. More than 63% of participants were most likely to just sit and eat at a barbecue while 16% of those surveyed planned to swim and 5% were likely to participate in volleyball.
The survey entitled, "The Skinny on Summer BBQs: America's Summer Calorie Count" reflects in many ways what men and women over the age of 18 are eating and drinking over the summer, while also testing their knowledge on the amount of calories they are consuming. "It is helpful to get a view of what people tend to eat and drink over the summer," said
Other key findings of the survey include:
- 52% plan on attending 1-3 barbecues this summer, 32% plan on 4-8, and 16% plan on attending more than 8 barbecues this summer.
- When asked how many calories are in a burger or hot dog, 2% think between 50-150 calories, 15% think between 150-300 calories, 42% think between 300-450 calories, 32% think between 450 -750, and 9% think above 750 calories.
- Fruit Salad was the most popular dessert with 31% of respondents enjoying it, 25% enjoy brownies or cookies, 22% choose ice cream, and 5% select popsicles.