Of course, that’s assuming I am correctly interpreting the results of a study recently conducted at the University of Michigan, and that the study was conducted properly.
The study, published in the journal Nature Food, is based around healthy life expectancy – the length of time a person has a good quality of life and is disease-free.
The research looked at the “health burden” of different foods by looking at their carbon footprint and nutritional impact.
The University hopes that the findings will encourage people to make better choices for themselves – as well as the environment. Study author Prof Olivier Jolliet said: “The urgency of dietary changes to improve human health and the environment is clear.
“Our findings demonstrate that small targeted substitutions offer a feasible and powerful strategy to achieve significant health and environmental benefits without requiring dramatic dietary shifts. The Health Nutritional Index takes into account all aspects of a product’s life cycle, including how it is produced, harvested, processed, consumed, and disposed of, as well as how calorific and nutritionally beneficial or detrimental a food was.”
Here is a listing of some of the foods and how much they add to or subtract from our life span:
So if I did my calculations correctly, if I eat 44 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day, that will add 1,452 minutes to my lifespan. Since there are only 1,440 minutes in a day, that means that I have a net gain in life span of 12 minutes every day. In other words, I could become immortal.
Of course, that assumes that I don’t eat any foods that lead to losing minutes, although it looks like I could have a soft drink each day, and I’d end up pretty much breaking even.
So who knew there was this hidden benefit to all those PB&J sandwiches I ate during my childhood, and that I continue to eat today.
And I do feel bad for all those people who enter those hot-dog eating contests. In this summer’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest title. No competitor Joey Chestnut ate 76 hot dogs. That’s nearly two days he knocked off of his lifespan.
Perhaps Jif or Skippy should start sponsoring PB&J eating contests, and promote it as a way to live longer. Now that’s a contest I would watch.
Long live the humble PB&J sandwich.
And the people who eat them…
Source: The Sun