Many of the most popular foods and drinks in the world can do significant damage to the heart.
Multiple experts, including interventional cardiologist Maja Zaric, MD, contributed to the new assessment. Joel Kahn, MD, a cardiologist known for appearances on programs such as “Dr. Phil” and “The Joe Rogan Experience,” was also quoted.
The list, published on the Eat This, Not That! website, begins with processed meats at No. 1.
“Consuming large amounts of saturated fat, particularly animal fat, will allow for disproportional ingestion of cholesterol and increase the level of fats known to be a direct cause of vessel injury,” Zaric said.
Baked goods were next on the list, with Zaric emphasizing that “simple starches and sugars may be worse than saturated fats.” These were followed by energy drinks, coffee creamer and coconut oil.