Story at a glance:

  • Hot dogs could shorten one’s life by 36 minutes.
  • Salted peanuts, baked salmon and rice with beans could add between 10 and 15 minutes.
  • The study suggests that eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches could add 33 minutes.

A new study suggests that hot dogs could shorten one’s life by 36 minutes.

University of Michigan researchers evaluated more than 5,800 foods and how diet affects a person’s life span. Hot dogs decrease a person’s life while more nutritional foods were found to lengthen it. 


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Competitive hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut, who has eaten 1,094 hot dogs in just one competition, has shortened his life by 39,384 hours, or 27 days, based on this diet, according to ABC7.

"I think if you're eating hot dogs in a Joey-type of way, this could be a turning point in your life to maybe cut back a little bit,"  registered dietician Christy Brissette told ABC Chicago. "If you enjoy a hot dog once in awhile, completely fine. Everybody wants to have fun foods in their life, and that's part of enjoying eating."

Salted peanuts, baked salmon and rice with beans each add between 10 and 15 minutes to one’s life.

In response to the findings, the competitor said on Twitter, "Interesting, I might need to eat more nuts to get time back."

The study suggests that eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches could add 33 minutes.

"Focus on the numbers 80-20 when you're thinking about your diet. Eighty percent of the time, try to go for some of those more nutritious foods that will help to extend your life," Brissette said. "And then 20 percent of the time go it's OK to go for some of those, maybe less nutritious but fun foods, like a hot dog once in a while."


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Published on Aug 26, 2021