Diets

Increasing Your Lifespan With Healthier Foods

Even small dietary changes can help you live healthier and longer. According to researchers from the University of Michigan eating a hot dog could cost you 36 minutes of your life, while a serving of nuts can help you gain 26.

The team evaluated over 5,800 foods, ranking them by their nutritional disease burden to humans as well as their impact on the environment. They found that substituting 10 percent of daily caloric intake from beef and processed meats for a mix of fruits, vegetables, nuts, or seafood could reduce the dietary carbon footprint by a third, and allow people to gain 48 healthy minutes per day.

Katerina Stylianou, Director of Public Health Information and Data Strategy at the Detroit Health Department and part of the research team from U-M said that dietary recommendations lack specific and actionable direction to motivate people to change their behavior. They also rarely do dietary recommendations to address environmental impact. Read more…

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