How many hot dogs can a humanitarian eat? Science finally has an answer

This is a question that we all consider a factor when zoning among our esteemed academic colleagues or in the shower.

How many hot dogs do you think can sit in one and eat?

Do you know if you do?

Fortunately, science has now come up with an answer. Researchers analyzed 39 years of data from the annual Nathan's famous Connie Island hot dog eating competition and using mathematical modeling, the maximum number of hot dogs a person can count in 10 minutes. The new study was published in the journal Biology Letters on Tuesday.

The answer, it turns out, is 84.

Physically (and possibly mentally) speaking, the researchers concluded that it is not possible for anyone to ever top that amount. The current world record is 75, a bar set up by permanent competition champion Joey Chestnut at this year's Connie Island event.

This theoretical 84-hot dog limit invites a lot, a lot of questions. What are the limitations? How much food can it contain in the human stomach, or is it something to chew and swallow? If we could get our jaws naked like a dragon, would that number increase?

Study author Dr. James Smoliga has the answers. Professor of Physiotherapy at Smoliga High Point University.

As a physiologist who studies sports science, he is interested in the limitations of performance: how fast humans can run, how far they can go, how many processed meat tubes they can lower their slaves at a given time, this kind of thing.

"A normal person had a problem with stomach capacity," Smoliga told CNN. "But competitive eaters are specifically trained to expand their stomachs, so for top competitive eaters, chewing and eating over a period of time is very limited."

Eating too many hot dogs - 74 hot dogs, the current record, equates to about 21,000 calories - "generally alters healthy gastrointestinal function," the study reported.

"There has not been much research on competitive eating, but what we do know is that people with esophageal reflux and people with overeating disorder have similar physiology: they may have more food in their stomach, which can lead to fullness and disruption of emotional feelings."

There is also a problem, the expanded stomach congestion when exiting the large street of the small intestine, getting that food from the eight-lane road. As the stomach expands, food slowly empties into the intestine through training or any other condition. When it is not used to being too heavy, well, “gastrointestinal changes” are a way of conveying a very political and less painful outcome.

Smoliga said he pushed the research forward for some reason. First, he felt the pattern of physical limitations, while other sports such as track and field exhibited a competitive eating pattern.

“Like the 100-meter dash, when you look at records and performance, you see small, big changes in performance,” he said. "Some big changes though - the sport will become more popular or professional, or there will be a new drug or process and performance will increase."

The study identified similar patterns in competitive eating. After all, for the first few decades of competition, even before the killing days like Joey Chestnut and Thaker Kobayashi, competitors topped the top 10 to 15 hot dogs at the same time or less.

In addition, Smoly reported an active consumption rate (in this case, how many hot dogs can hover) related to stomach plasticity (in this case, how many hot dogs you hover over your stomach). In the study, they provided some previously recorded estimates for this consumption rate by calculating the total energy composition of hot dogs and controlling the body mass of eating competitors.

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