Worst Foods For Your Heart

Processed deli meats

Ditch the deli. "Even the lower-fat versions of cured lunch meats contain the preservative sodium nitrate,"

Hot dogs

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

Rotisserie chicken

They often contain far more sodium and saturated fat than your typical home-cooked poultry products if you purchase them fully seasoned and with skin on.

Ketchup

You might want to shake up your condiment strategy, as many store-bought ones are loaded with added sugar and/or sodium.

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. 

Reduced-fat salad dressings

Cardiac crime is that they're actually hidden sources of sugar and salt, says Fisher. “When fat is removed, sugar is typically added to maintain the taste and texture,” 

Fat-free packaged snacks

Reduced-fat is unnaturally zero-fat. “Fat-free packaged foods were once touted as a healthy option for individuals wanting to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle,”

Fat-free peanut butter

 “Low-fat peanut butters usually contain the same amount of calories as its conventional counterpart. Again, you’re trading fat for sugar,” Fisher says.

Sugary cereal

 Now, most experts agree that a diet high in added sugar may be just as big of a threat by contributing to obesity, inflammation, high cholesterol and diabetes