New Study Reveals Eating a Hot Dog Shortens Your Life by 36 Minutes

According to a new study by University of Michigan researchers, eating a hot dog shortens your life by 36 minutes while a peanut butter and jelly sandwich adds 33 minutes to your life.

A nutritional index published by the School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Nature Food journal ranked 5,800 foods in the United States based on minutes gained or lost of “healthy” life per serving. With “healthy life gains” explained as an increase in “good-quality and disease-free life expectancy.” The Health Nutritional Index reveals that beef, processed meat, pork, lamb, cheese and sugar-based drinks cause the most healthy minutes lost, while nuts, fruits, vegetables and whole grains provide the most healthy minutes gained.

The Health Nutritional Index is based on harmful health effects tracked by a 2016 Global Burden of Disease study, along with information regarding the nutritional and environmental impact of foods. Aside from pushing for more conscious diets, the University of Michigan researchers behind the index note that the argument for plant-based versus animal-based foods cannot be generalized.

Head over to the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences to learn about the Health Nutritional Index published in the Nature Food journal in full.

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