Hot dogs can shorten life by 36 minutes, study finds
Sustainable food is the buzzword these days. It is important to understand the relationship between what we eat and its effects on our health and our environment. Some foods seem to be more harmful to our body, while others are recommended for consumption. A recent study, published in Nature Food, looks at environmentally sustainable foods that promote health. Almost 5,800 foods were evaluated in the study, ranked by the number of minutes of healthy life lost or gained by eating those foods. For example, a hot dog shortens a healthy shelf life by 36 minutes, while a serving of nuts can extend it by 26 minutes.
The research, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, aims to link the foods we eat and their effect on us and the world around us. The idea is to create a series of nutritional recommendations that address nutritional and environmental impacts. The research is based on the Healthy Nutrition Index, or HENI, which includes 15 dietary risk factors and combines them with the nutritional profile of foods and the environmental indicators used to create them.
The results of the study indicated that the foods with the most negative health effects were processed meat, beef, shrimp, pork, lamb and greenhouse vegetables. Some foods with a positive and beneficial impact on the nutritional plan include fruits and vegetables grown in the open field, legumes, nuts and seafood with low environmental impact.