Small diet changes can help you get extra healthy life, according to a new study. The researchers of this study suggest that eating a hot dog could help you gain 36 minutes of a healthy life while consuming a serving of nuts could give you 26 minutes of extra healthy life.
The study finding was published in the journal Nature Food. The researchers studied more than 5,800 foods. They firstly ranked the foods by their nutritional disease burden to humans and their effect on the environment. The study discovered that replacing 10% of daily caloric intake from beef and processed meats with a mix of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and select seafood could help you gain 48 minutes of healthy minutes per day.
The researchers considered 15 dietary risk factors and disease burden estimates from the Global Burden of Disease. They then combined the data with the nutrition profiles of foods preferred in the United States.
The study suggests that food involving positive scores gives you extra healthy life, while foods with negative scores are associated with health outcomes that can be harmful to human health.
Overall research shows that reducing consumption of the most negative health and environmental impacts and increasing the most nutritionally beneficial foods allow people to gain 48 minutes of healthy minutes per day.
"Previous studies have often reduced their findings to a plant vs. animal-based foods discussion," said Katerina Stylianou, who did the research. "Although we find that plant-based foods generally perform better, there are considerable variations within both plant-based and animal-based foods."