A new study from the University of Michigan found that eating hot dogs can reduce your life expectancy by 36 minutes. However, eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches adds 33 minutes. Plus, eating a serving of cashews may extend life by 26 minutes! “Healthy life gains” are defined as an increase in the quality and longevity of a person’s life.
These findings come from a new nutritional index, the Health Nutritional Index (HENI), created by the research team of the University. For a single serving of food, it calculates the associated net beneficial or detrimental health burden in minutes of healthy life. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) also played heavily into this work, which is the theory that every single serving of food we eat has a connection to both disease mortality and morbidity.