New study claims eating just 1 hot dog could cost you 36 minutes of healthy life

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were associated with an increase of 33 minutes

Unhealthy eating is causing all sorts of health issues, from high cholesterol to weight gains and even heart problems. Paying attention to what we feed our bodies can have an impact on the longevity of a person, not only the overall well-being.

University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences has conducted studies on unhealthy eating habits and discovered that even one hot dog can reduce a person’s lifetime by 36 minutes.

The study was part of a recently published index about healthy and environmentally friendly eating habits, and hot dogs, sugary drinks and breakfast sandwiches have all been classified as dangerous meals. The biggest impact of the hot dog comes since it has processed meat as one of its ingredients, which is a big no if you want to start eating healthier.

But not all is bad news, as some ingredients and meals that will facilitate a longer and healthier life, and these include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, baked salmon, rice, and beans. These can all add between 10-30 minutes to a person’s life if consumed appropriately.

“We use the results to inform marginal dietary substitutions, which are realistic and feasible,” authors wrote. “We find that small, targeted, food-level substitutions can achieve compelling nutritional benefits and environmental impact reductions.”

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