Hot Dogs can take 36 minutes off your life; Study says

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NEW YORK – JULY 4: A plate of hot dogs sit on a table at the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island July 4, 2005 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Kobayashi won for the fifth year in a row eating 49 hotdogs in 12 minutes. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

According to a new study, eating a single hot dog can take 36 minutes off your life.

study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan assessed more than 5,800 foods, ranking them by their nutritional disease burden to humans and their impact on the environment.

It found that substituting 10% of daily caloric intake from beef and processed meats for a mix of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and select seafood could reduce your dietary carbon footprint by one-third and allow people to gain 48 minutes of healthy minutes per day.

The study also said that eating a serving of nuts, instead of hot dogs, could help gain 26 minutes of extra healthy life, findings in the journal Nature Food indicated.

Based on their findings, the researchers suggest:

  • Decreasing foods with the most negative health and environmental impacts including high processed meat, beef, shrimp, followed by pork, lamb and greenhouse-grown vegetables.
  • Increasing the most nutritionally beneficial foods, including field-grown fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and low-environmental impact seafood.

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