#1 Worst Food for Your Heart

According to our medical expert Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, author of The First Time Mom's Pregnancy Cookbook and Fueling Male Fertility, one of the worst foods for your heart is a hot dog.

Between the sodium content, saturated fat, and sodium nitrates used as preservatives, classic hot dogs are one of the worst foods to eat for your heart health," says Manaker.

Many people fear red meat when it comes to their heart health, but it's actually processed meats like hot dogs, sausage, deli meat, and bacon that have consistently been linked to heart disease

According to a review published in Current Atherosclerosis Reports, processed meat consumption is known to lead to a higher risk for coronary heart disease compared to unprocessed red meat.

The report concluded that one of the most significant reasons for this difference between processed and unprocessed meat when it comes to heart disease is the sodium content,

especially seeing as processed meat can often have up to 400% higher levels of sodium.A 2021 review of 13 cohort studies came to similar conclusions

finding that regular processed meat consumption increased your risk of coronary heart disease by 18%, with unprocessed red meat raising it by only 9%.

Some people may see these statistics and try ditching the regular beef hot dog for a chicken or turkey dog alternative. However, Manaker warns that these may not be good for your heart either.

Even if you are opting for a turkey or chicken hot dog, know that most of them are loaded with unsavory ingredients too, making them no better for you in many cases.

So, if you're trying to eat healthier foods for your heart, you may want to stay away from hot dogs and other processed meats as much as possible.