Living a healthy life isn’t exactly like a walk in the park. You have to assess any food product you buy carefully, do plenty of workouts, and so on.
Thanks to new research, there’s a nutritional index recently revealed for informing Americans to achieve healthier diets. The findings include more than 5,000 foods in the US diet that are classified by environmental impacts and health burden. Fox News revealed the info about the new study.
New research evaluated more than 5,800 foods and their impact on human health & the environment.
An astonishing finding? Eating a hot dog could cost you 36 minutes of healthy life, & eating a serving of nuts instead could help you gain 26 minutes.
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The researchers wrote, as quoted by Fox News:
We use the results to inform marginal dietary substitutions, which are realistic and feasible,
We find that small, targeted, food-level substitutions can achieve compelling nutritional benefits and environmental impact reductions.
The foods that were studied ranged from 80 minutes gained to 74 minutes lost per serving. Burgers, hotdogs, breakfast sandwiches, and sugary drinks were linked with the most minutes of healthy life lost. The highest gains are likely to be caused by mixed and non-starchy vegetables, fruits, cooked grains, and cereals.
Eating beef hotdog on a bun results in 36 minutes of life lost
The researchers discovered that eating a beef hotdog on a bun will lead to about 36 minutes of life lost mostly because of the detrimental effect of processed meat.
The study reads, as also quoted by Fox News:
Although we find that plant-based foods generally perform better, there are considerable variations within both plant-based and animal-based foods that should be acknowledged before such generalized inferences are warranted.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that healthy eating is all about balance. The Government agency reveals that you can still consume your favorite meals, even if they’re rich in fat, calories, or added sugars. The goal should be to only eat them once in a while and also balance them with healthier meals and more physical activity.