Eating hot dogs can take minutes, hours, and years off your life. Eating a single hot dog can take 36 minutes off your healthy life, according to a study by the University of Michigan in which it evaluated 5,800 foods and dishes combined, ranking them by their burden of nutritional diseases for humans and their impact on the environment.
Limiting your consumption of hot dogs and instead eating other foods that promote longevity can help you live a longer, healthier life.
It was discovered that while a hot dog takes time away from your life, eating a 30 gram serving of nuts and seeds provides a 26 minute gain of healthy lifethat is, an increase in life expectancy of good quality and free from disease.
Gain more minutes of life
The research also found that replacing 10% of your daily intake of beef and processed meats with a mix of select fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and seafood could reduce your dietary carbon footprint by a third and allow persons earn 48 minutes of healthy minutes per day.
Why does a hot dog take your life
The 61 grams of processed meat in a hot dog sandwich results in 27 minutes of healthy life lost due to this amount of processed meat alone.
By considering risk factors such as sodium and trans fatty acids within the hot dog, outweighed by the benefit of its fats and polyunsaturated fibers, the researchers reached the final value of 36 minutes of healthy life lost per hot dog.
Processed meats can increase the risk of chronic diseases and premature death. A global study led by Hamilton scientists found that consuming 150 grams or more of processed meat per week was associated with a 46% increased risk of cardiovascular disease and a 51% higher risk of premature death than those who did not consume processed foods.
Processed meat such as bacon, cold cuts, hot dogs and deli meats is considered carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Each 50 gram serving of processed meat consumed per day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. “This risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” published in 2015 by the World Health Organization.
How the numbers were calculated
The study published in the journal Nature Food is based on a new epidemiology-based nutritional index, the Health Nutritional Index. The Nutritional Health Index that the researchers developed converts this information into minutes of life lost or gained per serving size of each food consumed.
The Global Burden of Disease determines the risks and benefits associated with multiple behavioral, metabolic and environmental factors, including 15 dietary risk factors. The researchers took those epidemiological data and adapted them to individual foods.
Taking into account more than 6,000 specific risk estimates for each age, gender, disease and risk. They calculated the health burden of consuming the value of one gram of food for each of the dietary risk factors.
What is suggested to eat
Researchers at the University of Michigan suggest reducing foods with the most negative health and environmental impacts: highly processed meat, beef, shrimp, followed by pork, lamb and greenhouse-grown vegetables.
They recommend increasing the most nutritionally beneficial foods, including those that are fruits and vegetables grown in the field, legumes, nuts and seafood with low environmental impact.
Small food substitutions offer a powerful strategy to achieve significant health and environmental benefits, said Olivier Jolliet, professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan.
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