Study: Eating a Hot Dog Could Take 36 Minutes Off Your Life

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news for hot dog lovers! Researchers at the University of Michigan say that eating a single hot dog could take 36 minutes off your life. That startling claim comes from a study published this month in the journal Nature Food.

The research team came up with an index that calculates the next beneficial or detrimental health burden in minutes of healthy life associated with a serving of food. The Study looked at 5,853 foods in the U.S. diet. A standard beef hot dog with 61 grams of processed meat resulted in the loss of 27 minutes of healthy life but, when ingredients like sodium and trans fatty acids were considered, the final time was 36 minutes per hot dog.