Researchers from the University of Michigan have published a study measuring the impact of foods, good or bad for our health, on our life expectancy.
To the fattest, on our lifespan. Unsurprisingly, sugary drinks, hamburgers, and hot dogs take away minutes of healthy living, while fruits, seeds, non-starchy vegetables, and ancient grains gain them.
In the detail of this study, a beef hot dog would lose 36 minutes of life due to “the harmful effect of processed meat”. An 85 gram serving of chicken wings would also be detrimental to the tune of 3.3 minutes of lost life due to the sodium and harmful fatty acids it contains.
On the positive side, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich would save 33 minutes of life expectancy according to the study data. Ditto for baked salmon, rice with beans and salted peanuts, whose health gain is estimated at 10 to 15 minutes of extra life.
The researchers indicate that changing daily caloric intake by 10% from beef or processed meat to green produce, nuts or seafood would provide a per person gain of 48 minutes in lifespan and reduce 33% food footprint on the environment.