Worst Foods For Your Heart

Processed deli meats

Eat daily. "Even low-fat versions of cured lunch meats contain the preservative sodium nitrate," says Suzanne Fisher, RD, LDN, founder of Fisher Nutrition Systems in Cooper City.

Hot dogs

“Hot dogs and sausages can be high in saturated fat. Even low-fat options tend to be packed with salt.

Rotisserie chicken

Same goes for supermarket roasted birds—they often contain far more sodium and saturated fat than your typical home-cooked poultry products


"Ketchup is also very high in sodium," says Juan Rivera, a cardiologist in Miami, Florida and chief medical correspondent for the Univision Network and author of The Mojito Diet.

Barbecue sauce

In related condiment news, it’s best for your heart to steer clear of (or go light on) the sauce at your cookout.

Table salt

About 70 percent of our total sodium consumption comes from food we find in packages or eat at restaurants. Another 15 percent is found naturally in ingredients.

Sugary cereal

in another example of “not all fats are bad,” take a second look at the nutrition label of your cold cereal. Does it have more than eight grams of sugar per serving

Fried chicken

“Conventional frying methods may include oils that contain trans fats, a type of fat shown to raise the bad type of cholesterol and lower the good kind,” Batayneh says.

Potato chips

Increased servings of potato chips tacked on more pounds than any other foods in a New England Journal of Medicine study.

Green juices

Same goes for green juices, Fisher says. If you do decide to down one, be mindful of portion size. Most bottles and restaurant cups are made for one.


“Most granola is packed with sugar and calories and deficient in essential nutrients and fiber. The better choice is oats or a low-sugar, whole-grain cereal,” Fisher says.

Fancy coffee drinks

High sugar + high fat = a heart-harmer. Instead, stick to an iced coffee with a splash of unsweetened almond or skim milk. Try these low-sugar Starbucks drinks instead.


Butter isn't that bad either. A 2016 review in PLOS One found little association between butter consumption and heart disease.

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