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Eating a hotdog is one of life’s little pleasures, but it is also something that seems to come with a cost.

That is, of course, if a study by University of Michigan researchers has anything to say about it.

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According to that study, eating a hot dog reduces your life by 36 minutes. That news is bad, but if you love peanut butter and jelly, then eating a sandwich can increase your life by 33 minutes.

It is all part of a nutritional index that was published by the Department of Health Sciences and the School of Public Health in the Nature Food journal.

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Some 5,800 foods were ranked in the United States of how much time was lost or gained when you ate a serving.

If food was associated with “healthy life gains,” it had to do with living a disease-free and good quality life. Some of the foods that reduced the lifespan more than others included processed meat, cheese, and sugary drinks.

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If you are interested in adding time to your life, you can try eating more fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains.

The research is based on a 2016 Global Burden of Disease study. The University of Michigan researchers wanted to do more than show us what was good and what was bad for us.

They wanted to give us the opportunity of making better dietary choices.

They also wanted to show that there was more to the plant-based diet versus animal-based diet debate than what meets the eye.

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