Well, hot dog. Sorry, I had to.

If you love hot dogs, you may not want to read this. If you hate hot dogs, still keep reading because knowledge is power. According to a study by the University of Michigan, “Eating a hot dog could cost you 36 minutes of a healthy life while choosing to eat a serving of nuts instead could help you gain 26 minutes of extra healthy life”.

The study evaluated more than 5,800 foods, ranking them by their nutritional disease burden to humans. A beef hot dog on a bun resulted in 36 minutes lost, “largely due to the detrimental effect of processed meat,” the study found.

Some social media comments have pointed out that competitive hot dog eater, Joey Chestnut, is still alive after eating thousands and thousands of hot dogs. You can visit the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences to learn about the full study.

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige

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