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New Study Finds A Single Hotdog Could Shave 36 Minutes Off Your Life

While no single study is definitive, new research from the University of Michigan may have many of us rethinking what we eat. The study developed a formula and found that eating a single hotdog could shave 36 minutes off your life span.

The researchers looked at almost 6,000 foods in the US diet and measured their effects in minutes on the lifespan of the eater. The goal of the study was to make more visceral the impact individual foods have on our health.

Researchers developed an index that calculates the net benefit or determent to health according to minutes of life by consuming a single food. It is based in part on the Global Burden of Disease study that measures morbidity by a person’s food choices.

Some other examples from the index include: 0.45 minutes are lost per gram of processed meat a person consumes. Don’t worry, the index works both ways. 0.1 minutes are gained per gram of fruit consumed.

As stated, one food researched was a standard beef hot dog on a bun. With 61 grams of processed meat, one would lose 27 minutes of life. But when other ingredients like sodium or trans fatty acids were factored by the index, the final value was 36 minutes of life lost.

Unsurprisingly the study found that eating things like legumes, nuts, seafood, non-starchy vegetables and fruit had positive effects on health and longevity.

Consumption of foods such as nuts, legumes, seafood, fruits and non-starchy vegetables, on the other hand, have positive effects on health, the study found.

Study authors warned that the point of the study is not to say if you eat this bad food, eating that good food will end in a zero sum. But rather to make the choosing the best calories to consume. The point isn’t even to say never eat a hot dog, but it is certainly a food you want to limit in your diet. The study is not intended to tell us exactly what to eat day to day, but just one metric to help make better choices.





We Know We Should Eat Breakfast, But What About Lunch?

If you’ve been concentrating on eating healthy you probably already know not to skip breakfast. But what about lunch? Should we skip it? Or make room for an honest midday break to eat, even with a very busy schedule?

One thing to think about is that making time to eat a healthy lunch can help us organize our eating day and keep us in touch with our hunger cues. This is valuable as it stops one from snacking their way through the workday.

Even just 30 minutes carved out around midday for lunch helps avoid a late afternoon energy slump. Skipping lunch can have effects beyond low blood sugar, hunger pangs, and irritability. It also means you’ll consume most of your calories in the even which leads to all kinds of health problems.

People who struggle with excess or uncontrollable nighttime snacking will find it much easier to control if they go into dinner not feeling starved because they’ve had a filling and balanced breakfast and lunch.

Foods with Advantages

As with all things, moderation is key. But some fresh foods may have a “scientific advantage” over others. Introducing a reasonable amount of the following foods could give the eater a small but noticeable “advantage.” Some of these foods may compound other conditions, so you may want to consult a physician before introducing a new food into your regular weekly diet.

Beet juice aids in stamina. They state that research shows it may be more effective than caffeine.

Honey help with endurance. Consuming honey before exercise acts like a “time-released” fuel keeping sugar and insulin levels steady longer.

Pea protein delays muscle fatigue. You can this in powder form. Since it’s rich in amino acids it can delay fatigue during exercise.

Blueberries reduces inflammation. When fresh blueberries aren’t available, you can use dried or freeze-dried berries.

Tart cherries fight pain and help one regain strength. In a test, it was found that drinking 12 oz of tart cherry juice twice a day helped them gain strength. Frozen, dried, or juice options. Remember you want 100% real juice with no sugar added.

Salmon to build muscle. Omega-3 fatty acids may also be a muscle booster. Try to include wild salmon in meals a few times a week, or even salmon jerky.

Watermelon reduces muscle soreness. It was found that watermelon juice helped relieve muscle soreness when drinking about 16oz an hour before exercise.

Pomegranate muscle strength recovery. It was found by researchers that it helps improve muscle recovery. About 4 ounces of juice was enough to help improve muscle soreness/weakness.

Coffee for next-day energy. It helps replenish glycogen more rapidly after exercise.

Watercress reduces DNA damage. It counters the “wear and tear” of exercise. 3 oz. of fresh watercress is enough.

Dark chocolate curb exercise-induced stress. In a study, the men who consumed 3.5 oz. dark chocolate before 2 1/2 hours of cycling experienced higher blood anti-oxidant levels.

“Greener” Mediterranean Diet Heart Health Boon, Study Finds

A new study found that a green Mediterranean diet that contains less meat could be a way to promote a health heart. The study showed that eaters who consumed plant-based proteins and a limited amount of poultry and red meat had healthier hearts when compared to a traditional Mediterranean diet. A traditional version would have meat and seafood combined with veggies, whole grains and olive oil in moderation.

Three groups of obese patients, mostly mean, were giving different kinds of instruction on physical activity and nutritional guidance in the form of versions of the Mediterranean diet.

Patients following the green Mediterranean diet lost 13.7 pounds compared to those following the traditional version who lost 11.9 pounds. Those who were given just general guidelines lost only 3.3 pounds. Likewise, the groups lost 3.4, 2.7 and 1.7 inches at the waistline.

This study helps to confirm previous research results that all found that adults who a plant-based or vegan diet tend to have the most success with weight loss and decreasing body fat. Many nutrition experts agree there is no downside to upping one’s intake of leafy greens, legumes and nuts and provide plenty of protein.

Iceberg Lettuce

So what’s the beef with eating iceberg lettuce? Iceberg lettuce is very low in calories and high in Vitamin K. A few decades ago, it was just about the only lettuce people were eating. 3.2 ounces is about 12.5 calories. At this rate you can eat the whole head!

Many of us grew up with this being the lettuce to put on tacos. It’s just not the same with spinach leaves or other lettuces. If you ask for a burger without a bun in a lettuce wrap it would probably be iceberg lettuce. There’s also a wedge salad but you need to be aware of the extra calories the toppings are. They can range from 200-800 calories or even more depending on what you add to them.

Iceberg got it name from the way it was transported – on ice. It traveled very well this way.

Yes there is more nutrition in other lettuces but why not mix it up with this iceberg lettuce for a little changeup to your salads. With it’s mild flavor it can adapt to many dressings without overpowering other ingredients.