Eating One Hotdog Reduces Your Life Expectancy By 36 Minutes, Study Suggests

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American cuisine is a world-famous, diverse and delicious, despite all the pretenses. From novel, uniquely American inventions such as hamburgers or gumbo to quintessential favourites like apple pie or macaroni and cheese, there’s a number of dishes that could all claim to be America’s national dish. If we had to choose one, it would probably be the hotdog.

Burgers might make up 50% of all fast food consumed in the United States but no other country loves hot dogs quite as America does. It is also emblematic of American culture, as a fusion dish; something you can eat in New York’s bustling streets; or at a game of baseball, America’s national team sport. Hot dogs are the best way to represent America. But America’s obsession with the iconic mystery meat might be coming at the cost of the nation’s life expectancy, if a new scientific study is to be believed. What is worse than meat sticks for you than cancer sticks?

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A hot dog stand in New York City, a quintessential NYC sight.

Naturally, the study has been met with some scepticism by Americans online. You won’t be affected by a hotdog at a Fourth of July party. Don’t eat a lot of processed foods. It’s not that difficult,” a user wisely stated.

Gonna be honest here – all this talk of hot dogs just makes me want to eat one. Please, a chilli dog and a packet of Marlboros.